CIPA members visit China to support Government initiatives

UK patent attorneys have been in China to help the UK Government improve co-operation on intellectual property between both countries.

Dr Tony Rollins, CIPA's Immediate Past President, and other CIPA members joined a delegation from the UK Intellectual Property Office to Shanghai and Beijing last week (November 5-10).

Dr Rollins said: "CIPA is pleased to support the Government's work with the Chinese State Intellectual Property Office and other IP organisations in China.

"We have also taken the opportunity to meet with colleagues in our sister organisation, the All China Patent Agents Association (ACPAA), and British companies in China to update them on the latest UK and international IP developments."

The group promoted the UK's IP professions and IP system at the China International Industry Fair where the IPO launched mutually beneficial IP tools for UK and Chinese researchers and companies.

These included a bilingual Non-Disclosure Agreement specifically designed to provide legal certainty in cross-border collaborative IP research and technology projects, enabling UK and Chinese partners to engage with confidence.

The UK delegation was led by Trade Minister Baroness Fairhead and Local Government Minister Jake Berry. The CIPA group and members from sister institute the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys accompanied IPO Chief Executive Tim Moss on visits to key Chinese government officials and businesses.

They promoted UK exports of IP legal services, explained why UK attorneys should be preferred by Chinese companies when filing patents and trade marks in Europe and championed the UK as an IP hub.

The China International Industry Fair is a major trade event with over 2,500 exhibitors and 160,000 visitors. The UK was Country-of-Honour this year and various attractions and activities took place in the UK pavilion.