China's IP History Timeline (post-1990)

Events

Special court for IP cases opens in Beijing

1990

150 piracy cases

1991 - 1993

Chinese copyright law became effective

1991

China becomes a member of the Berne Convention

1992

China becomes a member of the United Copyright Convention

1992

Chinese software piracy costs US software publishers $225 million

1993

Only 5 copyright officers in China

1994

Disney v. Beijing Children's Publishing Press

1994

US & China agreement to avert trade war

1995

China enter WTO

2001

Shijingshan Amusement Park Controversy

2007

Began specialized IPR courts in Beijing, Shanghai, & Guangzhou

2014

More than 1 million patent applications filed

2015

Apple vs. Xintong Tiandi Technology trademark case

2016

Disney files suit for "Cars" movie copyright infringement

2016