This is a great chance to quiz someone who is on the ground in China -- why do UK companies only contribute 0.25% of patent filings in China? Come and listen and ask difficult questions.
On Friday 24 October, we will have a really interesting opportunity to meet Tom Duke, the UK's IP Attaché in China -- someone who not only promises to know what is going on in China but who can help smooth over your IP issues there. The event will take place at our Cambridge offices from 3 - 5pm (registration starts at 3pm, the talk starts at 3.30pm), with drinks and networking to follow.
Tom works on the ground in Beijing. He takes a special interest in IP and IP enforcement in China, and how it can be made to work for UK businesses. He is in a position to understand directly what is going on in China, and to use UK Government connections to help when there are problems. I have seen myself, both talking to people here and in China, that IP is a concern for UK businesses -- and it seems to be more of a concern than say for German businesses, which, amongst other things, file six times as many patents in China than UK businesses do.
Tom will update you on what is happening for 20 minutes, followed by Simon Haworth, who is actively exploiting opportunities in China, and myself with a case study or two and an update from our perspective, including the new specialist IP Courts in China. More important still there will be a question and answer session where Tom can respond to specific concerns.
If you would like to join us on Friday 24 October, you can book your place here, or contact me directly.