China investigated 56,634 trademark infringement cases in 2008, up 12.55 percent from the previous year.
Statistics released by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) on Sunday revealed that these include 45,492 domestic cases and 11,142 foreign-related ones, up 13.74 percent and 7.97 percent, respectively.
Fines from the cases reached 467 million yuan (68.3 million U.S. dollars), up 11.92 percent from the previous year, while 137 trademark-related criminal cases and 145 suspects were handed over to judicial organs, according to the SAIC.
Specifically, industry and commerce authorities across the country handled 5,858 cases infringing the trademark rights of Olympic symbols last year.
These cases involved 34.84 million yuan (5.09 million U.S. dollars) in value, with a total fine of 29.76 million yuan.