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China sets up new court to handle intellectual property cases

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A new court established by the Chinese government will begin taking on intellectual property cases in January, the Singapore-based Straits Times reports.

Why it matters: China experts were skeptical when the government announced this month that it would begin punishing companies and individuals who steal intellectual property, a long-standing U.S. grievance that helped set off President Trump's trade war. But the establishment of the new IP court suggests China may be serious about addressing the Trump administration's complaints.

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