Retail and China – Protecting your brand - IP Webinar

05 October 2017

Retail and China – Protecting your brand

 IP Webinar 

Date5th of October
Time: 10am to 11am

Event description

China is increasingly important as an export market for Scottish consumer goods, including food and beverage products, cosmetics, fashion, furniture and other household items. Ecommerce and social media channels have made it easier to connect with customers across China using on-shore or off-shore retail models.

But China can also present risks to Scottish retailers. Chinese-produced counterfeits and copycat products can reduce sales in China, and also in other markets around the world. China has a large and systemic problem with 'trade mark squatting', and fighting to secure your brand can be costly and delay market entry.

Tom Duke – the UK’s IP Attaché to China, based in the British Embassy Beijing – supports over 200 companies each year from across the UK. Tom also works closely with Chinese government agencies, and with Chinese e-commerce and social media platforms to help improve the level of IP protection in China.

Tom will share practical tips for Scottish retailers including:

  • Branding: what works, what doesn’t, and navigating China’s chaotic trade mark system
  • IP on ecommerce and social media: protecting your brand on Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent (BAT) and beyond
  • Don’t panic: what to do if things go wrong
  • How to address infringement, bad-faith trade mark applications and other challenges, including making the most of a limited budget


  • 10:00 -Welcome and Introduction by Huishan Chapman, China Lead, High Growth Market Unit, SDI.
  • 10:05 -Talk by Tom Duke on Intellectual Property in China
  • 10:40- Support available and case studies by IP specialist, Catherine Potts, Scottish Enterprise
  • 10:50 - Q&A
  • 11:00 - Close

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