For many firms, legal uncertainty and concerns about the protection of their company’s intellectual property rights (IPR) are enough to dissuade them from doing business in China. With proper guidance and planning, most SME’s can mitigate this risk through strong enforceable legal agreements together with an IPR strategy.
Intellectual property rights (IPR) are commonly cited as one of the major deterrents for companies new to working in China. Although China’s system for IPR protection is improving, challenges remain, and SMEs are advised to take necessary precautions before entering the market. Whether you are considering manufacturing in China, or to sell your products or services into the market, IPR protection is a key issue for companies across different sectors.
Foreign companies are often skeptical about the use of contracts in China, but believe it or not the World Bank ranks China as 5th easiest country for enforcing contracts- well ahead of the UK. What are the keys to creating a contract that works and how to deal with issues with disputes arise?
Attend this half day workshop to hear from experienced legal experts about protecting your IP and contracting in China.
The workshop will cover the following topics:
• Registering trademarks & patents
• Chinese IP restrictions and regulations
• Practical methods for protecting IP assets
• IP enforcement strategies
• Basics of distributor agreements
• Designing an agreement for enforcement
• Going to Chinese court
The workshop will be led by Hugh Dunlop and Handong Ran of Maucher Jenkins:
Hugh Dunlop, Partner – Head of IT & Communications
Chartered Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney
Hugh has over 30 years of experience in the patent profession, including 13 years with Motorola, the US mobile radio and semiconductor manufacturer. While in the United States he passed the US Patent and Trademarks Office examination to be recognized to practice in the U.S. He attended the John Marshall Law School in Chicago where he was awarded a Fred Herzog scholarship and an LL.M in Intellectual Property Law.
He is responsible, with Handong Ran, for establishing Maucher Jenkins’s offices in Beijing and Shenzhen.
Hugh has significant experience in the IT, mobile communications and software sectors. As well as patent filing and prosecution work, he also has extensive licensing experience, particularly in the field of standards of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute.
He is a registered representative on the EPO register for over 5,000 European patent applications.
Handong Ran, Partner – Head of China Offices
Chartered Patent Attorney, European Patent Attorney, Chief Representative (China)
Handong previously worked as an IT analyst at IBM China and a research assistant in Institute of Cell and Molecular Science at Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London.
Handong joined Maucher Jenkins in 2006 and qualified as a Chartered Patent Attorney and a European Patent Attorney in 2010. Handong is also a qualified Chinese patent attorney and attorney-at-law. He handles patent applications mainly in the fields of telecommunications, computer hardware, software, and electronics.
Handong works in Mandarin, English and has a good understanding of Japanese.