Trade Mark Attorney and Partner Ian Gill spoke at the 2017 UK China symposium, which took place in London on Thursday 22 September. Co-hosted by the UK Intellectual Property Office and China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), this annual flagship event for UK-China IP co-operation formed part of a week of UK-China IP related activity. Click here to read the edited transcript of Ian’s talk “Practical Advice for the Creative Industries”.
The theme of this year’s event was Future proofing the IP system. It saw more than 200 key thought leaders, policy makers and UK industry trendsetters in attendance.
Topics of discussion included how the intellectual property system is adapting to emerging technology trends such as AI and big data, the latest policy and practice innovations in the patent and trade mark fields; the challenges of online and offline IP enforcement as well as practical advice for innovative and creative business, including in design-intensive industries.
The keynote address was delivered by Lord Prior, UK Business Minister and Vice Commissioner Gan Shaoning of SIPO. In his address Lord Prior highlighted the increased co-operation and work sharing between the UK and China on intellectual property.
He said: “The Government’s desire for businesses to thrive and rely on a robust intellectual property regime has never been stronger as we develop the industrial strategy to capitalise on the strengths of British industry.”
“This Symposium presents a key opportunity for UK industry to engage with Chinese policy makers to discuss a wide range of IP issues, ensuring we deliver an IP system that protects innovation and creativity that can help boost economic growth and trade for both countries.”
Linked to the event, the UK IP Attaché for China, Tom Duke, hosted a series of 8 regional events over 4 days. This year they took place in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds, Barnsley, Liverpool and Manchester. These events focussed on practical IP advice for large and small companies looking to mitigate IP risks in China business ventures.
Following on from this successful Symposium, UK IPO Chief Executive Tim Moss will visit China in the Autumn as part of continued engagement with his Chinese counterparts.