On March 10, 2006, China's Supreme People's Court announced that, by the end of 2005, altogether 15
preliminary people's courts were authorized with jurisdiction of IP cases in order to improve the judicial
protection for IP in China. Wherein the Supreme People's Court designated another four intermediate courts
which are in Quanzhou of Fujian Province, Jinhua of Zhejiang Province, Nantong of Jiangsu Province and
Zhuzhou of Hunan Province, to act as first instance for cases concerning patents, and three intermediate
courts in Jiuquan, Wuwei and Zhangye of Gansu Province for cases concerning new plant varieties.
Up to now, the Supreme People's Court has already designated 51 intermediate people's courts as first
instance of cases concerning patents, 37 courts for cases concerning new plant varieties, and 43 courts for
cases concerning layout-designs of integrated circuit.