China to boost crackdown on IPR infringement in 2013

The Ministry of Public Security is planning a new nationwide crackdown on fake and shoddy products in 2013 to boost intellectual property right (IPR) protection.

The crackdown will focus on five crimes concerning the production and sale of fake and shoddy goods, including bogus luxury items, high-tech products, home appliances, food and drugs, according to a statement released by the ministry on Friday.

The ministry has set a goal to “smash the crimes at the root,” pledging to relentlessly punish criminals and those who provide spaces for the production and sale of fake goods.

According to statistics from the ministry, from November 2011 to August 2012, police in China cracked 72,000 cases concerning IPR infringement and the production and sale of fake and shoddy products.

More than 120,000 suspects were apprehended in these cases, and fake or shoddy goods seized were valued at 40 billion yuan (6.4 billion U.S. dollars).

Also on Friday, Liu Jinguo, vice minister of public security, said the ministry resolved 18,000 cases concerning tax evasion in 2012, saving 70 billion yuan of China’s fiscal revenue.

He also said the ministry closed 16,000 cases of major economic crimes and apprehended 17,000 people involved in these cases.

Xinhua