With winter slowly coming to an end, it is time for the first newsletter of 2017 ! A new year gives rise to a fresh start, filled with new possibilities. In light of this, the Chinese Government has approved a one-year pilot to improve intellectual property rights management and promote China's capacity for Innovation. With China entering the top 25 of the Global Innovation Index earlier this year, registering your IP correctly and in a timely matter is now more important than ever... and we are here to help you with that.
During the previous months the Helpdesk released new IP learning materials, including:
Keep on reading because all these useful IP materials, previously held IP trainings, and upcoming activities are listed in detail below!
On January 18, our first Webinar of 2017 was hosted, titled "Europe vs. China: What are the Main Differences in IP Protection?". Our China IPR SME Helpdesk expert Ms. Alessandra Chies gave European SMEs an overview of the main differences in IP protection between Europe and China focusing on the basic IP rights like copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, patents and design patents.
On February 16, the Info-Session on the business mission in Taiwan as part of the project Eagle 2, organised by Sicindustria, took place in Palermo, Italy.
On February 16 and 17, the EU SME Centre and the China IPR SME Helpdesk organised the Understanding China 2017 event in Brussels. This two-day training helped to update European SMEs understanding of China and how to engage in the market.
On February 28, the Helpdesk team will attend the GENERA 2017 international trade fair on energy and environment in Madrid.
The China IPR SME Helpdesk regularly holds free-of-charge online trainings, commonly known as webinars that allow participants to receive IPR expert insights on a specific topic and ask their IP-related questions in real time during the Q&A. All of the recordings are made available in the Helpdesk Webinar Library.
With China slowly starting to open up towards the possibilities of Green Technology, businesses interested to expand in this sector are advised to have a look at our infographic: protecting IP in the Green Tech sector. Browse our full list of Infographics for the many topics available, our send us a suggestion for any content you think is missing!
Throughout the year, the Helpdesk will be hosting a number of free events, trainings and webinars for European businesses in Europe and China. To find out more about these events please visit our Events Calendar!
From March 20 to 24, the Helpdesk team will be present at the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) FairCeBIT in Hannover Germany. During the 19th edition of this international brokerage event organised by the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), the Helpdesk team will be present in order to attend b2b sessions with European intermediaries and SMEs that have the intention to internationalize towards China and South-East Asia.
Latest Guides online
Have a look at some of our online guides that can help you with numerous issues, but if you have any questions not addressed in our guides, do not hesitate to get in touch!
Newly launched video podcast on Helpdesk TV on YouTube
During the past months, the Helpdesk has been revamping its YouTube channel entitledHelpdesk TVthat has jointly managed with our sister project, theSouth-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk. We have published many videos showing how realising innovations helps you to succeed!
Do not forget to have a look at our latest video: IPR Protection in the Food & Beverage Sector. Helpdesk Project Officer Marianne Karu discusses the importance of intellectual properties in the food & beverage sector with IP Expert Mr. Davide Follador for both China and the ASEAN region. Mr. Follador elaborates on the importance and key IP matters to know before entering the Chinese market, as well as providing and maintaining EU geographical indications from the ASEAN region.
Keep yourself up-to-date with the latest policy news, provided by the FERRANTE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY firm:
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 Mainland 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.