Work by the AntiCounterfeiting Committee in November 2000
According to statistics released by the Anti Counterfeiting Committee (ACC) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the ACC in November 2000 investigated 32 new trademark and placeof
origin cases involving the export of goods. During this month, 33 cases were handled by the ACC internally and 35 were referred to the Board of Foreign Trade for administrative action. In addition, of the counterfeit cases that were brought to the attention of the ACC by private companies, 23 were handled by the ACC and 22 were referred to other administrative agencies.
The ACC coordinated 55 counterfeit trademark raids, 2 patent raids and 50 copyright raids involving prosecutors, police, and investigators during November 2000. The raids resulted in the seizure of counterfeit goods worth NT$17,104,727. The ACC also participated in three meetings related to counterfeit raids and intellectual property during November 2000.
Results of IPR Protection Work by the National Police Administration in December 2000
In December 2000, the National Police Administration handled IPRrelated investigations resulting in the referral of 506 cases involving 577 defendants to district court prosecutors on suspicion of infringement. Of these 506 cases, 83 defendants in 63 cases were suspected of trademark infringement, 19 defendants in 12 cases were suspected of patent infringement, and 475 defendants in 431 cases were suspected of copyright infringement. Fifteen defendants in 14 co
pyright cases were suspected of infringing foreignowned intellectual property, including 11 defendants in 10 cases who were suspected of in fringing U.S.owned intellectual property. The total street value of counterfeit products seized during the investigations was estimated to be NT$2,740,022,758
Courts Sentence 23 Persons to at Least One Year in IPR Cases in December 2000
According to statistics released by the Ministry of Justice, of 281 defendants in copyright, trademark, and patent infringement cases in December 2000, 196 persons were sentenced to jail terms, received detention, or were fined. Of the defendants sentenced to jail terms, 135 persons were sentenced to less than six months. Of these 135 persons, were convicted of infringing U.S.owned intellectual property. Eleven persons were sentenced to no less than six months but no more than one year. Twentythree persons were sentenced to no less than one year but no more than two years. Eighteen persons received detention.
Courts Sentence 254 Persons to at Least One Year in IPR Cases in 2000
According to statistics released by the Minist
ry of Justice, of 2592 defendants in copyright, trademark, and patent infringement cases in 20
00, 1447 persons were sentenced to jail terms, received detention, or were fined. Of the defen
dants sentenced to jail terms, 917 persons were sentenced to less than six months. Of these 917 persons, 46 were convicted of infringing U.S.owned intellectual property. Eightynine persons were sentenced to no less than six months but no more than one year. Of these 89 persons, 12 were convicted of infringing U.S.owned intellectual property. Two hundred and fortyeight persons were sentenced to no less than one year but no more than two years, of which 12 were convicted of infringing U.S.owned intellectual property. Five persons were sentenced to no less than two years but no more than three years. One person was sentenced to more than five years. One hundred twenty six persons received detention. Of these 126 persons, 9 were convicted of infringing U.S.owned intellectual property.
Statistics on IPR Investigations by District Court Prosecutors in the Last Six Months of 2000
According to information provided by the Ministry of Justice,stati stics on IPRrelated investigations by Taiwan District Court prosecutors
,indictments,affirmed sentences, and converted sentences for the last six months are as follows
a.Actions by Taiwan District CourtPros ecutors in IPR Cases.
(a).District Court prosecutors received 3,626 new IPRrelated cases in the last half of 2000, an increase of 1,139 cases compared to the same period
of the prior year. Of the new cases, 2,552(70.38%) involved copyrights, 822(22.67%)trademarks,and 252(6.95%) patents.
(b). Prosecutors concluded investigati ons on a total of 4,568 cases, invol ving 4,568 suspects, an increase of 984 cases and 990 suspects from a year earlier. Of the 4,568 suspects, indictments were handed down for
2,145(46.96%) persons. Convictions were obtained against 87(4.53%) of these indictment cases.
(Please refer to table 1)
b.Affirmed Decisions and Sentence Conv ersions in IPRrelated Cases.
(a).There were 1,451 defendants in IPR related cases that were affirmed in the last six months of 2000. No fu
rther appeals are allowed in these cases. The number was an increase of 404 defendants from a year earlier.
Of these 1,451 defendants, 160 pers ons were convicted and sentenced to at least one year. Fiftyfive were sentenced to more than six months
but less than one year, with 560 de fendants sentenced to six months or under. A total of 79 persons were sentenced to detention while 42
were fined. Of the total number of those convicted in the last six mon ths of 2000, 61.75% received jail
terms, detention, or fines, or an in crease of 21.35 percentage points over the figure of 40.40% of a year earlier.（Please refer to table 2）
(b).Decisions for a total of 455 cases involving 475 defendants were enfo rced in the last six months of 2000. These figures are increases of 191 cases and 192 defendants from a year earlier. Of the cases in the last
six months of 2000, 408 cases were enforced for 425 defendants senten ced to six months or under, or deten
tion. In these cases, defendants co uld apply to convert their sentences to fines. Of these cases, 404 persons (95.06%) were allowed to convert their sentences to fines, while an application for 1 person (0.24%) was denied. (Note: For all criminal cases
in the same period, 78.99% of def endants were eligible to convert se ntences and only 0.13% of applicati
ons to convert sentences were denied
（Please refer to table 3）