On 01 June 2021, the newly amended Patent Law and Copyright Law came to force. Both laws included substantial changes that companies doing business in China should be aware of.
The key provisions of the Patent Law include an increase in design patent term, inclusion of the open license system and a mechanism for early resolution of patent disputes in the pharmaceutical industry, while the new Copyright Law expands the works protectable by copyright to adapt to the newest technological developments. While the Implementing Regulations to the new Patent Law are still pending, it is a good time to discuss what these recent chages mean for the foreign companies wishing to do business in China.
Thus, the Danish Chamber of Commerce in China and the China IP SME Helpdesk jointly organise a seminar titled "Overview of Recent IP-related Legal Developments in China". During this seminar, China IP SME Helpdesk external expert Dr. Jian Xu from Gowling WLG will discuss these main legal developments and their impacts to SMEs, while providing expert tips and case studies to illustrate his main take-aways.
The seminar will end with a Q&A session where attendees can raise their questions and interact with the speaker.
15:00 – 15:05 - Opening remarks by the Danish Chamber of Commerce in China
15:05 – 15:10 - Introduction to the services of the China IP SME Helpdesk by Ms. Helika Juergenson
15:10 – 15:45 - Presentation on the Overview of Recent IP-related Legal Developments in China by Dr. Jian Xu
15:45 – 16:00 - Q&A session and closing remarks
ABOUT CHINA IP SME HELPDESK
The China IP SME Helpdesk supports European Union (EU) Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to both protect and enforce their Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in or relating to Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan through the provision of free information and services. These take the form of jargon-free, first-line, confidential advice on intellectual property and related issues, plus training, materials and online resources.
The China IP SME Helpdesk project is funded by the European Union and builds on the achievements of a pilot project carried out in 2008-10, the subsequent Phase II in 2010-2013 and Phase III in 2014. Phase IV ran from January 2015 to June 2018. As of September 2018 Phase V commenced expanding China IPR SME Helpdesk's services also to the SMEs from COSME countries.