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In 2010, the courts tried almost 9,000 cases, a 42-percent increase on 2009, according to data from Beijing Higher Court.|
"China (on a whole) is going to great lengths to eliminate IPR infringements," said Aaron Hurvitz, of the foreign counsel for Kangxin Partners, a Beijing law firm specializing in IPR. "Through various sponsored education seminars and awareness campaigns, the level of knowledge and understanding of IPR continues to increase."
The USTR report is not the first time the Silk Market has come under fire for selling fake goods. During a citywide crackdown in October 2009, authorities found copies of such brands as Gucci, Coach and Adidas ready available at several stalls.
The raid led to the arrest of the mall's then-manager Wang Zili, who was charged with allowing the sale of fake goods and taking bribes.
English teacher Daniel Jocelyn, who has lived in Beijing for three years, said in May last year he spent an hour bargaining a vendor down from 2,000 yuan to 250 yuan for a pair of fake Bally shoes.