The UK-China (Shenzhen) Intellectual Property Forum was held on 29 April 2016 in Shenzhen, organised by the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) and the British Chamber of Commerce Guangdong and hosted by the British Consulate-General Guangzhou, the UK Intellectual Property Office, the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (Shenzhen Sub-Council) and the Guangdong Innovative Talents Promotion Association. Continue reading “UK-China IP Forum Looks at Growing Two-way Need for Protection” »
China continues to pursue, perhaps more concertedly then ever, initiatives to foster “indigenous innovation.” This concept – defined as advancing domestic Chinese innovation via “original innovation” (yuanshi chuangxin/原始创新), integrated innovation (combining existing technologies in a new way), and assimilated innovation (making improvements to imported technologies) – was prominently laid out in the National Medium- and Long-Term Plan for the Development of Science and Technology (2006-2020) (hereafter “S&T MLP”), which sets the goal to make China into a world leader in technology by 2050. A variety of initiatives followed the S&T MLP in seeking to further advance its goals, including, most recently, the 12th Five Year Plan for Establishing National Indigenous Innovation Capacity (hereafter the “Plan”) promulgated on May 29th 2013 by China’s State Council. Continue reading “Thought the Chinese government will only focus its indigenous-innovation-stimulating efforts on strategic emerging industries? Think again.” »
With an increasingly affluent population the Chinese domestic market is expanding rapidly in many sectors; the financial rewards available mean more and more European businesses are distributing goods in China and if you’re considering joining them, China Law Blog points out at least one potential pitfall which you should be aware of: Distribution Agreements are NOT required to be exclusive. No such law exists in China. During negotiations, some Chinese companies may claim that you need to sign an exclusive distribution agreement because “this is how it is done in China” but this is not true – be wary of such statements. Read China Law Blog’s full post on this topic, here.