China prosecutes 11,675 suspects involved in IPR crimes in the first half of 2023


China’s procuratorial organs have prosecuted 11,675 individuals for intellectual property rights (IPR) infringement crimes, an increase of 36.1 percent year on year, according to news released on the website of the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) on Friday. Trademark infringement crimes accounted for the highest proportion of 88.9 percent, with 10,384 individuals prosecuted, followed by copyright infringement crimes involving 1,122 individuals, up 1.9 times. In addition, 167 individuals, mostly internal staff, have been prosecuted for trade secret infringement crimes, up 89.8 percent. The SPP also concluded that new types of IPR infringement crimes, with increasing difficulty and complexity, have been emerging.