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IP Key China launches its fourth Annual Work Plan

IP Key China has launched its fourth Annual Work Plan. January 2021 sees the beginning of its implementation. The objective of this work plan is to continue enhancing EU-China cooperation on selected emerging challenges in the area of intellectual property. The European Commission is leading this initiative and it is being implemented by the EUIPO.     [...]

Plant Variety Rights | Online technical training for Chinese experts

IP Key China collaborates very closely with the Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO), an agency of the European Union located in Angers, France, as well as with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (MARA) and the National Forestry and Grassland Administration (NFGA), both based in the People’s Republic of China. [...]

Virtual meeting with CNIPA and signature of Agreement on exchange of trade mark information

On 25 September, Mr Shen Changyu, Commissioner of the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) and Mr Christian Archambeau, Executive Director of the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) held a virtual high-level meeting to discuss IP cooperation matters, namely to review the state of play of the bilateral cooperation activities with CNIPA, the IP Key China project implementation as well as the cooperation within the TM5 and ID5 forums. [...]

EU and China sign landmark agreement protecting European Geographical Indications

Today, the EU and China signed a bilateral agreement to protect 100 European Geographical Indications (GIs) in China and 100 Chinese GIs in the European Union against usurpation and imitation. This agreement, first concluded in November 2019, should bring reciprocal trade benefits as well as introducing consumers to guaranteed, quality products on both sides. [...]

EUIPO publishes a call for compiling a list of vendors

EUIPO is setting up a list of economic operators interested in providing independent and hands-on expertise to foster IP cooperation and increase effective awareness in the field of intellectual property rights in both EU and non-EU countries. [...]

23rd EU-China IP Working Group Meeting

The 23rd meeting of the EU-China IP Working Group was held on 14 January at the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (MOFCOM) in Beijing. Established in 2005 at the EU-China Summit, the group was set up to support the EU-China IP Dialogue. This year’s session was followed by exchanges with industry in the form of workshops held in Beijing and Shanghai, co-chaired by DG Trade and MOFCOM, and supported by IP Key China. [...]

IP Key China study: Lessons from the EU experience with memoranda of understanding in tackling the online sale of counterfeit goods

Earlier this year, the IP Key China team commissioned a study to look at how applicable the memorandum of understanding approach might be to the online anti-counterfeiting drive in China. The resulting study, which was unveiled on 21 November 2019 in Haikou, draws on over 30 surveys and in-depth interviews conducted with businesses and authorities in the EU and China as well as legal cases where the China e-Commerce law has been applied. [...]

Landmark agreement will protect 100 European Geographical Indications in China

Today, the EU and China concluded the negotiations on a bilateral agreement to protect 100 European Geographical indications (GI) in China and 100 Chinese GI in the EU against imitations and usurpation. This landmark agreement is expected to result in reciprocal trade benefits and demand for high-quality products on both sides. [...]

IP Key China at the 10th China Intellectual Property Annual Conference

The 10th China Intellectual Property Annual Conference (CIPAC) takes place on 2-3 September in Hangzhou. Directed by the National Intellectual Property Administration of China (CNIPA) and organised by the Intellectual Property Publishing House (IPPH), CIPAC is the largest and most influential IP conference in China.  IP Key China Project Leader, Benoit MISONNE delivers his intervention at the session of “Intellectual Property Empowers Regional Economic Integration” on the importance of regional and international IP cooperation to ensure sustainable competitiveness. [...]