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Shenzhen Leads in Clarifying Rules of Punitive Damages for IP Infringement in China - China Legal News

Sat, 16 Jan 2021
Categories: China Legal Trends

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On 15 Dec. 2020, Shenzhen Intermediate People's Court issued the Guiding Opinions on the Application of Punitive Damages to Disputes over Civil Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights (关于知识产权民事侵权纠纷适用惩罚性赔偿的指导意见). 

中国正在尝试在知识产权的侵权诉讼中支持权利人提出惩罚性赔偿的诉讼请求。深圳则进一步尝试在该领域确定具体的规则。
China is trying to support the right holders' claims for punitive damages in IPR infringement litigation. Shenzhen, for its part, has been making further attempts to establish specific rules in this area.

根据该意见,法院可以按许可费的合理倍数确定赔偿金额。法院在确定该倍数时,可综合考虑以下因素:(1)侵权人的恶意程度;(2)权利人所受损害情况;(3)侵权人的获利情况;(4)侵权行为对行业或社会造成的不良影响;(5)裁量确定赔偿基数的情况;(6)其他因素。
According to the Opinions, the court can determine the amount of damages at a reasonable multiple of the license fee. In determining such multiple, the court will comprehensively consider the following factors: (1) the degree of malice of the infringer; (2) the loss suffered by the right holder; (3) the profit of the infringer; (4) the adverse impact of the infringement on the industry or society; (5) the discretionary determination of the compensation base; and (6) other factors.

根据深圳中院的表述,其已经作出了金额高达1亿元的惩罚性赔偿判决。 
According to the Shenzhen Intermediate People's Court, it has made a judgment on punitive damages of up to CNY 100 million.

Contributors: Yanru Chen 陈彦茹

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