On 17 Nov. 2022, the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) held a press conference to release details of the anti-monopoly and anti-unfair competition cases dealt with by the people’s courts in recent years.
The highlights of the press conference are as follows:
- From 2013 to June 2022, the national courts concluded a total of 916 anti-monopoly civil cases in the first instance and 32,075 unfair competition cases in the first instance.
- The damages for intellectual property (IP) infringement awarded by Chinese courts are on the rise. In the cases of trade secret infringement, one example is the Vanillin case, where the damages awarded by the SPC amounted to around CNY159 million; another one is the Carbomer case, in which the punitive damages awarded by the SPC amounted to around CNY 30 million.
- The SPC has formulated standards for the identification of monopolistic behaviors on Internet platforms and regulated monopolistic behavior in the Internet field such as monopoly agreements and abuse of market dominance.
- The SPC is exploring judicial rules for big data competition protection, so as to reasonably divide the ownership and boundaries of data rights and interests, and maintain data rights and privacy rights of users.
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Contributors: CJO Staff Contributors Team