Hangzhou launches online mediation platform for IPR, commercial disputes

Hangzhou officially launches the China (Hangzhou) Intellectual Property and International Commercial Mediation Cloud Platform on June 30, 2020.

An online mediation platform was officially launched on June 30 for cases concerning intellectual property rights and international commercial disputes within the eastern Chinese city of Hangzhou after two months of trial operation.

The China Hangzhou Intellectual Property and International Commercial Mediation Cloud Platform is jointly developed by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Hangzhou Committee (CCPIT Hangzhou) and Hangzhou Intermediate People’s Court.

It opens for online applications from the parties or agents and also accepts cases from the courts, if the parties agree to accept mediation.

“The platform provides Internet mediation, electronic signatures, automated documentation, online judicial confirmation applications and other services for the convenience of the litigants or agents,” said Zheng Rongxin, president of the CCPIT Hangzhou.

So far, the platform has nine mediation institutions with a total of 1,600 mediators. As of June 16, it had received 1,588 cases, with the shortest case taking only two days to mediate.

The “Two Mountains” Scenic Area in southern Anji county, Huzhou in East China’s Zhejiang province.

The Zhejiang provincial department of natural resources announced a total of 16 exemplary cases for the province’s implementation of the “Two Mountains” theory –  that lucid waters and lush mountains are invaluable assets – on Aug 5.

Cities and counties across Zhejiang province have been searching for new ways to achieve sustainable and high-quality development while keeping the environment healthy. Many successful examples of this have emerged over the past few years.

The provincial department began searching for these successful examples across the province as early as April, finding a total of 260. The examples were then narrowed to 16 through one round of online voting by hundreds of thousands of netizens and another round of evaluation by environmental experts, who ranked the examples according to their popularity, creativity, and socioeconomic effects.

Hangzhou was home to two examples and here are the two:

1. Ecological preservation and restoration of the source of the Qiantang River (Chun’an county, Hangzhou)

2. Optimal utilization of farmland and ecological restoration in Shuangpu town (Xihu district, Hangzhou)

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