Shanghai court dishes out record fine for copyright infringement

Shanghai court dishes out record fine for copyright infringement


The Shanghai Intellectual Property Court has ordered a Shanghai-based Chinese company to pay a record high compensation of 15.05 million yuan ($2.2 million) to a European software company for infringement of copyright.
In the ruling delivered in June but made public recently, TJ Innova Engineering and Technology, a car design company, was ordered to cease its unauthorized use of Catia, a computer-aided design software developed by France-headquartered Dassault Systemes.
According to the court, the compensation amount was a record high due to factors such as the high price of the software involved.
The court also noted that the pirated software was installed in as many as 160 computers at TJ Innova Engineering and Technology.
This case comes at a time when Shanghai is looking to bolster the protection of the intellectual property rights as part of its plan to achieve further opening-up.
As one of the first intellectual property courts in China, the Shanghai court has accepted 6,561 cases involving intellectual property rights violation since its establishment in 2014.
Source: China Daily


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