The IP Key China Project Leader, Ms. Gyta Berasnevičiūtė-Singh, was present at the 12th China Intellectual Property Annual Conference in Jinan on 20 September and delivered a presentation highlighting the importance of constant exchange between international stakeholders. Ms Berasnevičiūtė-Singh expressed her pleasure at participating in this nationally renowned intellectual property conference on behalf of the IP Key China project and emphasised that the project will continue to support EU-China exchanges on intellectual property rights.
European and Chinese judges can already claim long-lasting and productive judicial cooperation. This cooperation began with an EU-China judges forum, held in February 2016, supported by IP Key. Both the forum, and notably the follow-up workshop, reflected the mutual interest in peer-to-peer exchanges and the sharing of best practices, as well as building a foundation for continuous cooperation.
In order to support Peru, Colombia and Chile in their preparations for possible accession to the Madrid Protocol and the Hague System, representatives from these countries visited the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO - Alicante) and the Spanish Patent and Trademark Office (OEPM) between 18 and 22 September. The visit was organised by the IP Key Latin America project, funded by the European Union. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) also collaborated in this initiative.
IP Key China organised an IP Café on the EU-China geographical indications cooperation on 21 September in Beijing, China. This event brought together European Union authorities, experts and academics from the EU and China for comprehensive discussions on the challenges and issues, sharing best practices and promoting international cooperation.
As an initiative by IP Key China, IP Cafés take place periodically to explore intellectual property issues on how IP law is developing in both Europe and China. On 20 September, IP Key China was in partnership with the Fudan University Law School and Fudan University Intellectual Property Research Centre to co-host an IP Café on the university campus. This event brought together European judges, experts, professors and students to discuss intellectual property protection on internet platforms.