By Susanne Høiberg, HØIBERG
In China, protecting inventions through patenting is a relatively new phenomenon. China’s patent law took effect less than 40 years ago and is based on the European, especially the German, patent law. Since the Chinese patent law became effective, China has witnessed an explosion in the number of patent applications and grants; however, the number of infringement cases only began increasing 10-15 years ago. The rules regulating the processing of infringement cases have been amended multiple times within the last 10 years, partly to accommodate the increasing number of cases, but also to achieve an efficient and, not least, attractive system for patentees.