Au Revoir (Zaijian) – Nam Ngô Thiên and Welcome (Huanying) – Jared Ragland
I sat down with Nam Ngô Thiên (Chinese name: 吴天南, Wu Tiennan) (picture above) on Sept 15 in Beijing, fortunate to catch him on a recent visit back to Beijing since his August 1 relocation to Singapore. Nam represented both the French Patent Office and the European Patent Office in Beijing since 1999. He was with the European Patent Office working on IPR-1, the first-round European IPR technical assistance program in Beijing from 1999-2003, when I first met him. At that time he was ably assisted by Ms. Teri Dunphy and by Yang Guohua, from the Ministry of Commerce, amongst others
. He came back to China in 2004 with the French Industrial Property Office (INPI
), staying until 2012. Nam is a dear colleague and friend and will be difficult to replace.
There is also one recent diplomatic arrival in China: Jared Ragland, from USPTO, who is posted to a new office in Shanghai. Jared came over from USTR to USPTO. He also has a solid scientific background that will likely be valuable to the R&D community in Shanghai. The contact information for Jared can be found here
I wish Nam and Jared the best in their new postings!