Almost one in five disputes relating to intellectual property rights in the city involved foreigners, the Shanghai Intellectual Property Court said yesterday.
In the past three years, the court had to deal with 668 cases involving foreigners. They were from more than 30 countries and regions, including the United States, Germany and Japan. International commercial giants like Louis Vuitton, BMW and General Electric were also involved.
Major disputes involved infringement of patents and brands being used by others, the court said.
The court recruited 11 technicians and experts to help the foreigners during court hearings.