Know before you go: Intellectual property in China
China is the second largest economy in the world. Although slowing, China’s is still growing faster than any other large economy. China spends over 2% of its GDP on research and development (R&D) and has ambitious plans to develop industry sectors covering a broad range of technologies.
Growth in China offers huge opportunities for Scottish companies and universities. But it’s important to consider how to mitigate the risks presented by fast-growing developing countries such as China.
Intellectual property (IP) can be one source of risk. China’s first modern IP law was enacted in 1983. The IP system has developed quickly since then but still has several areas of weakness that need to be navigated.
Tom Duke is the UK’s IP attaché to China, based in the British Embassy Beijing. Tom manages the UK’s IP policy cooperation with the Chinese government and also provides support to hundreds of British companies and universities each year. Tom will share his experience working on IP in China, including covering:
? Mitigating IP risks in research collaboration and technology transfer with China
? Key points to consider when doing business in technology sectors considered to be “strategic” by the Chinese government
? IP issues in technology business ventures in China, including sales of products/services, technology licensing and co-development, and manufacturing
? Sector-specific experience, including in key Scottish industries such as oil and gas, energy and advanced manufacturing
Date Friday 26 February
Venue Scottish Enterprise, Apex 1, 99 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5HD