Review to establish Hainan Free Trade Port Intellectual Property Court expected in Dec 2020

According to a report in China’s, the 78th Chairman’s Meeting of the Standing Committee of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) suggested reviewing the Supreme People’s Court‘s proposal to establish the Hainan Free Trade Port Intellectual Property Court. It will review the following bills:

  • Draft amendment to the NPC Organic Law [全国人民代表大会组织法];
  • Draft amendment to the NPC Rules of Procedure [全国人民代表大会议事规则];
  • Draft Yangtze River Protection Law [长江保护法];
  • Draft Criminal Law Amendment (XI) [刑法修正案(十一)];
  • Draft revision to the Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Law [预防未成年人犯罪法];
  • Draft Rural Revitalization Promotion Law [乡村振兴促进法];
  • Draft Coast Guard Law [海警法];
  • Draft revision to the National Defense Law [国防法];
  • Draft Hainan Free Trade Port Law [海南自由贸易港法];
  • Draft Anti–Food Waste Law [反食品浪费法];
  • Draft Anti–Organized Crime Law [反有组织犯罪法];
  • Draft Supervisors Law [监察官法];
  • Draft revision to the Maritime Traffic Safety Law [海上交通安全法]
  • Draft revision to the Military Service Law [兵役法];
  • Draft revision to the Military Facilities Protection Law [军事设施保护法];
  • Draft Law on the Protection of the Status, Rights, and Interests of Military Personnel [军人地位和权益保障法];
  • Draft decision on strengthening the oversight of state assets management; and
  • Draft decision on establishing the Hainan Free Trade Port Intellectual Property Court.


The review is expected to occur at the 24th meeting of the 13th NPC Standing Committee in Beijing which runs from from December 22nd to 26th. If established, this would be the fourth Intellectual Property Court in China.

On November 3rd, 2014, three intellectual property law courts were established including Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou to hear first instance intellectual property cases.

In January 2017, the Supreme People’s Court approved the establishment of 20 intellectual property tribunals in 17 provincial administrative divisions including Jiangsu (Nanjing, Suzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu , Hangzhou, Ningbo, Hefei, Fuzhou, Jinan, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Tianjin, Zhengzhou, Changsha, Xi’an, Nanchang, Lanzhou, Changchun, Urumqi and Haikou).

On January 1st, 2019, the Intellectual Property Tribunal of the Supreme People’s Court was officially inaugurated and established, mainly to hear appeals of civil and administrative intellectual property cases from across China.


Responding to the call of specialization, the current IP courts and tribunals have centralized and exclusive jurisdiction over technology-related IP matters highly technical and complex.

The three specialized IP courts of Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou Intellectual Property Courts, have independent public judicial body and operate as intermediate courts in the hierarchy of the Chinese judicial system. 


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