Openings, Comings and Goings

The foreign diplomatic team on IP in China is once undergoing several mid-year changes.  Some of the prior changes were reported here, here and here.

There is now a cohort of foreign diplomats who had been hired to work exclusively on IP issues in China, which have included France, the United States, the EU (including its long-running IP Key project), UK, Australia Korea and Japan.  Generally, all these diplomats bring a focused, collaborative and more technical perspective on often politicized IP issues as compared to their counterparts in trade or economic sections at foreign missions in China.

Among the recent changes, David Bennett leaves his position as the first representative of IP Australia at the Australian Embassy in China and is replaced by Charlotte Trinh.  At the UK mission, Tom Duke left his position at the UK Mission to China as Minister Counselor for Trade and is now back in the UK, after service for seven years as IP Attaché.  Cerian Foulkes ably helped out in the transition.  The position is now held by Conor Murray.  I wish Charlotte Trinh, Conor Murray and other IP diplomats, their staff and alumni the very best.

The US team in China is now led by Duncan Willson in Beijing and Conrad Wong. Conrad previously served in Guangzhou and is now in his second tour in Guangzhou.  The former Attaché resident in Shanghai, Michael Mangelson is now Senior Counsel, China at the USPTO where he co-leads the China team with Elaine Wu.

Interested in becoming an IP diplomat for the USPTO? The US IP Attaché position at the consulate in Shanghai has reopened again.  Here is the job announcement.

Program on Trademark Strategy For Chinese Companies Investing Overseas

·         Location: Chengdu, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Tianjin and Wuhan

·         Dates: 01 Jun 2016 to 08 Jun 2016

IP Key (the European IP technical assistance/exchange program) is organising 5 half-day Trade Mark strategy seminars in Chengdu, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Tianjin and Wuhan between the 1st  – 8th June.  The following is from their news release:

The purpose of the trade mark IP strategy conference is to support Chinese companies and legal representatives on IP issues as they internationalise their business. Experts will discuss the importance of an IP strategy and the tools available to support its successful implementation. Two EU experts, Mr. Christophe Gimenez, EUIPO, IP Attaché for the EU Delegation to China and Mr. Martin Beckman, Project Manager, EUIPO will share their knowledge and expertise on how to create an IP strategy with the support of international databases.

 The seminars are a good opportunity for Chinese companies who are doing businesses abroad, or are planning for international expansion, as well as trade mark agencies and specialist to learn more about the international tools that can help them be more strategic in their approach to protect and register trade marks abroad.

Simultaneous Interpretation in English and Chinese will be available at the conferences.

Agenda for each city is available online on the IP Key website:    

http://www.ipkey.org/en/activities/upcoming-activities/item/3976-trade-mark-ip-strategy-conference

 To register for the seminar, email the partner in the corresponding city:

Date

Time

City

Venue

Contact Person

Email

June 1st 2016

13:30 – 17:30

Chengdu

The Jinjiang Room, 5/F Century City International Convention Center, Chengdu, China

Finja Zhang

finja_zhang@eupic.org.cn

June 3rd 2016

13:30 – 17:30

Qingdao

The Blue hall, Sino-German Ecopark, No. 2877 Tuanjie Road, Huangdao District, Qingdao 

DING Ling

zdzscqzx@163.com

June 6th 2016

8:30 – 12:30

Shenzhen

6/F Landmark Building, 4028 Jintian Road, Futian District, Shenzhen, China

CUI Can

cuican@szfetsc.com.cn

June 7th 2016

9:00-13:00

Tianjin

37/F Tianjin World Financial Center, Tianjin Tower

LI Yinghong

cft801@163.com

June 8th 2016

13:30-17:30

Wuhan

Wuhan International Cooperation Chamber of Commerce, 489 Zhongshan Road, Wuhan, China

Ellena Du

ellenadu@126.com

 For more information about this activity or for general information about IP Key, please contact Jaspal Channa jaspal.channa@ipkey.org

Three Upcoming Programs

If you are near Portland, Oregon, Prof. Eric Priest of the University of Oregon, Chief Judge Rader (ret) and I will be talking at the University of Oregon about our joint efforts with the US Chamber on China IP related matters.  The program will be held form 12:00 to 1:30 on May 6th at the University of Oregon White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch Street, Portland, Oregon,  RSVP: teevee@uoregon.edu.  Oregon CLE is pending.

On June 2, 2016 in Beijing, IP Key will be cosponsoring a program on Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights Online.  Information is available here.

Another upcoming program on June 8 is in Alexandria, Virginia with the USPTO and George Mason University on licensing.  Although not strictly speaking a China-related program, I expect there to be  considerable discussion around China’s licensing environment.  Amongst the speakers will be Director Lee of the USPTO, Commerce Deputy Secretary Bruce Andrews, FTC Commissioner Ohlhausen, and former USPTO Director David Kappos.  I will also be speaking at this program.  The conference agenda and a link to registration are available here.