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What China’s new IP courts will look like

Peter Leung, Hong Kong

These flow charts, courtesy of Rouse, provide a helpful summary of the jurisdictional boundaries of China’s new IP courts

Click here for our in-depth look at what we know about the new IP courts thus far.

To see a full size version of the flow charts, right click (or control-click for Mac users) on the image and choose “view image”.


Beijing will have a unique role among the IP courts, as it will be the forum for hearing appeals from the Patent Review Board and the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board.

Beijing IP court flow chart



Shanghai IP court flow chart


Guangzhou’s structure is also unique, because while Shanghai and Beijing are direct controlled municipalities, Guangzhou is a sub-provincial city. Guangzhou will have jurisdiction of some, but not all, types of IP cases from other parts of Guangdong province.

Guangzhou IP court flow chart


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