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Newsletter No. 27
February 2016


Welcome to the year of the Monkey...

Happy Chinese New Year from everyone at the China IPR SME Helpdesk. The fireworks have been non stop here in Beijing and as we welcome in the new year of the monkey, what better opportunity is there to review your IP business strategy and ensure it is at the top of its game. 

Over the next year the China IPR SME Helpdesk will continue to provide its free service, offering practical, objective and factual information for European SMEs looking to gain a foothold in the Chinese market. The next couple of months are already filling up with new training events, webinars, podcasts, guides and factsheets. Make sure you stay up to date through out website,, and social media accounts. 
This newsletter includes:
  • Information about upcoming guides/ fact sheets and blog post
  • News about our upcoming stakeholders' meeting and joint event with the EU SME Centre
  • Review of our recent events in Sweden
  • New training events in Europe, China and online
  • New podcast series
  • Latest IPR News

The China IPR SME Helpdesk, in partnership with the European IPR Helpdesk, the South-East Asia and Latin-America IPR SME Helpdesks are holding their annual stakeholders’ meeting in Brussels on 29 February and 1 March 2016. As a valued partner and user of the Helpdesks’ services we are delighted to invite you to this event where you will hear about the latest development, success stories and forthcoming plans of those projects. We would also like to take this opportunity to listen to your feedback and hear about ways we may improve the services we offer. Attendance is free of charge for representatives of European SMEs, intermediary organisations, EU institutions and partners of the Helpdesks. Please register for the event  via this link.

The EU SME Centre and the China IPR SME Helpdesk are organising a joint  training seminar, on 2nd March in Brussels, to discuss trade fairs in China. 

Each year, numerous trade fairs covering all industry sectors present great opportunities to promote products in China. However they can also expose your IP to potential infringers. 

During the seminar, the EU SME Centre’s expert Rafael Jimenez, alongside Simon Cheetham, Team Leader of the China IPR SME Helpdesk, will share their expertise on a range of IP related topics. For more information about the event please click here.

'Back to Basics' podcast series 
Keep your eyes open for our new podcast series, 'Back to Basics', in which we will introduce key IP topics. Our first episode will look at Copyright; what exactly it is, how it may be applied and what it may be applied to. To access our podcast archive, please click here.  
IP Protection in China and South-East Asia, Sweden, 1-3 February 2015

The South-East Asia and China IPR SME Helpdesks partnered with the Stiftelsen Teknikdalen to organise a 3 day seminar on IP protection for Swedish SMEs in China and South-East Asia. The seminar took place in three different regions across Sweden: Gavle, Mora and Borlange. Helpdesk expert, Elio de Tullio, presented at the three events and provided one-on-one IPR clinics to provide businesses with tailored IPR advice. The seminars were a great success and over one hundred representatives participated. 

Guides and Factsheets

Blog posts

The blog continues to roll out up-to-date and entertaining IP-related business features on the latest developments in China and Southeast Asia. For a complete list of all previous blog posts check out Your IP Insider blog. 

Upcoming training events

Throughout the year the China IPR SME Helpdesk will be hosting a number of free events and webinars for European businesses in Europe and China. To find out more about these events please click on the links below: 

Latest news... 

China’s publishes first sound mark application

The China Trademark Office (CTMO) has announced that by the end of January 2016 they had received 450 applications for sound marks in China. Sound marks were introduced under amendments to the Chinese Trademark Law that came into force on May 1, 2014. The first application has now been published. The mark is a jingle for the state-owned radio station China Radio International. More here (in Chinese).

New regulations on online content distribution

The State Administration of Press & Publications, Radio, Film & Television (SAPPRFT) and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) have jointly announced new regulatory measures governing online content distribution. The Regulations cover the administration of Internet platforms and require platforms to register in order to publish content online. The platforms should keep records of all uploaded works for 60 days and will be subject to annual inspections. The Regulations also include a pre-approval mechanism for publication of online games. Meanwhile, the State Council Legislative Affairs Office (SCLAO) has launched a separate consultation on Regulations on the Administration of Publication of Digital Material. The deadline for comments on the Regulations is March 10. More here and here (in Chinese).

China receives 2.8 million trade mark applications in 2015

The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) has announced that the China Trademark Office (CTMO) received 2.8 million single-class trade mark applications in 2015. The announcement was made in a report of a meeting between SAIC Vice-minister Liu Junchen and a visiting Minister from Israel. More here (in Chinese).

4,000 e-commerce related administrative enforcement cases for patents and designs in the first 11 months of 2015

According to the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), there were over 4,000 cases of enforcement against e-commerce related infringements of patents and designs in China in the first 11 months of 2015. Administrative enforcement is carried out by local government agencies and results in confiscation of products and small fines. More here (in Chinese).

Latest news from partner Helpdesks
  • A number of events are being coordinated between the Latin America IPR SME Helpdesk and ELAN - European and Latin American Innovation Network. Click here for the full event calendar. 
The China IPR SME Helpdesk, a project co-funded by the European Union, supports European small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to both protect and enforce their Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in or relating to China, Hong Kong, Macau, 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.

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