The country’s central and western regions saw explo

sive year-on-year increases, with annual growth in Gansu, Guizhou and

Qinghai provinces of 290 percent, 157 percent and 155 percent, respectively.

The growth is inseparable from the regions’ economic strengths and potential, accord

ing to Li Shunde, a senior intellectual property researcher at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

Internet-related IPR cases have been surging in recent

years because of the rapid development of the sector, he said.

Of the 10 typical IPR cases last year that were released by the top court on Monday, three were internet-related.

“Efficiency in settling cases also improved significantly in 2018,” said Song Xiaoming, head of the court’s IPR tribunal.

Courts settled 319,651 cases during the year, including some they had accepted previously, Song said.

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