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Do you want to know more about obtaining and enforcing your intellectual property (IP) rights in China? Have you experienced IP issues in China and want to know more about the support networks available or how the IP system is changing? Do you work for a Chinese company looking to protect IP as you invest and do business in the UK?

The UK-China Intellectual Property Symposium is an opportunity for businesses to engage with policymakers to understand the current IP systems in both countries and to learn about future reforms.

China is a key priority of the Government’s trade and investment strategy. During his visit to China in September 2015 Chancellor George Osborne announced a new ambition to make China the UK’s second largest trading partner by 2025, potentially adding billions to Britain’s economy, as part of the government’s wider efforts to increase UK exports to £1 trillion a year and to get 100,000 more UK companies exporting. According to the latest available trade figures from the Office for National Statistics, China is currently the UK’s sixth largest trading partner, with British exports to the country totalling £25 billion in 2013.

An effective IP regime is crucial to the success of British businesses in China. China’s IP legal framework is improving through a rapid and relatively transparent process of legislative reform. In this dynamic context the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC), will host the UK-China IP Symposium. 

The Symposium will be opened by the UK’s Minister for Intellectual Property, Baroness Neville-Rolfe. The Symposium will cover all the intellectual property rights as well as sessions focussed on anti-counterfeiting and judicial enforcement. Each session will include a panel of speakers from the UK and China, with government, industry and academic representatives discussing latest developments and key issues for IP in both China and the UK. 

The Provisional Agenda is as follows:



09.30– 10.15

Welcome breakfast & networking

10.15 – 10.30

Welcome from Baroness Neville-Rolfe, UK Minister for Intellectual Property

10.30 – 12.00

Morning Plenary: Intellectual Property, Innovation and Creative Industries

  • How does IP contribute to innovation and growth in the UK and China?
  • What role do the creative industries play and how are they supported by governments?


  • Rosa Wilkinson, Director of Innovation, The IPO
  • Liu Hang, Commissioner, Administrative Committee of Zhongguangcun Science Park
  • Professor Michael George, China Digital Copyright and IP Law Research Centre
  • Harriet Finney, Director of Policy at Creative Industries Federation


  • Tom Duke, UK's IP Attache to China

12.00 - 13.00


13.00 – 14.00

Breakout 1: Patents

  • How are the UK and China reforming their patents system?
  • How do the UK and China use their IP System to support research and technology commercialisation?


  • Andy Bartlett, Deputy Director, Patents Directorate, IPO
  • Meng Haiyan, Director of Protection and Coordination, State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO)
  • Zhang Yongzhong, Director of Patent Management, Shanghai Intellectual Property Administration (SIPA)
  • Gwilym Roberts, Partner at Kilburn & Strode LLP


  • Adam Williams, Deputy Director of International Policy Directorate

Breakout 2: Trade Marks

  • How should companies effectively navigate trade mark systems in the UK, Europe and China, including following recent legislative revisions?


  • Steve Rowan, Trade Marks Directorate, The IPO
  • Xia Qing, Deputy Director General, China Trademark Office (CTMO)
  • Richard Goddard, Trade Mark Attorney at BP


  • Kate O'Rourke, First Vice President of ITMA






14.00 – 15.00

Breakout 3: Designs 

  • Modernising the design system in the UK and China


  • Lynda Adams, Trade Marks Directorate, IPO
  • Yang Daigang, DG of Dalian  Municipal Science & Technology Bureau
  • David Stone, Designs Attorney, Simmons & Simmons


  • Andrew Davidson, International Policy Directorate, IPO

Breakout 4: Civil judicial enforcement

  • How is the IP Court system structured in the UK and China?


  • Justice Colin Birss, Chancery Division, High Court of England and Wales
  • Cheng Yongshun, BIPI, ex-Beijing High People's Court
  • Carol Arnold, President of IP Federation


  • Miles Rees, Enforcement Directorate, IPO

15:00 – 15.30

Afternoon Refreshments

15.30 – 15.50

Afternoon Keynote Speech: Alibaba's approach to prevention of online counterfeiting and piracy

  • David Ho, Senior Legal Counsel, Alibaba Group

15.50 - 16.50

Afternoon Plenary: Online Counterfeiting & Piracy

Current approaches to tackling online counterfeiting and piracy in the UK and China, including cross-agency working and case successes.


  • Giles York, Chief Constable Sussex Police, UK's IP Crime Lead
  • Xia Qing, Deputy Director General, China Trademark Office (CTMO)
  • David Ho, Senior Legal Counsel, Alibaba Group


  • Lella Brauner, Yellow Brand Protection

16:50 – 17:00

Closing Remarks

  • John Alty, Chief Executive, UK Intellectual Property Office

17:00 –17.30

Afternoon refreshments


Depart Royal Society for Royal College of Surgeons - Buses will be provided


UK-China IP Symposium Reception hosted by CIPA and ITMA at Royal College of Surgeons

October 21st, 2015 9:30 AM   to   7:00 PM
United Kingdom

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