SIPO, EPO host European patent system symposium

SIPO, EPO host European patent system symposium

2009/8/5

On August 3, China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and European Patent Office (EPO) jointly convened a roving symposium on European patent system in Zhengzhou, capital of Henan province.

Xiao Xingwei, Head of Discipline Inspection Group of Central Commission for Discipline Inspection stationed in SIPO, Mr. Pedro Osona and Mr. Manfred Scheu, Project Leaders of EPO's China & Republic of Korea Programme, and Vice Secretary General of Henan Provincial People's Government Jie Xin attended the opening ceremony and delivered keynote speeches.

At the symposium, officials and legal experts from EPO gave lectures on the profile of EPO, European patent system, the importance of patent system in Europe, the fees, conditions and procedures for filing a patent in Europe, and patent review, lawsuit and objection procedure, as well as on how to start a lawsuit on patent application in Europe and how to deal with patent infringement.

It is reported that, to further strengthen exchanges and cooperation in intellectual property between China and EU, enhance Chinese enterprises' understanding on European patent system and help Chinese enterprises to explore business opportunities in Europe, SIPO and EPO jointly organized the roving symposium on European patent system. It introduces European patent system to domestic enterprises, legal professionals, universities and IP workers, which aims at promoting domestic enterprises to have a deeper understanding and take full advantage of the European patent system, and helping companies and IP right holders receive better patent protection services. The roving symposium is divided into three stops, respectively, in Beijing, Nanjing and Zhengzhou.

The conference was sponsored by Henan Provincial Intellectual Property Office, with the participation of nearly 130 people from Henan Provincial IP Office, 18 Municipal IP Offices, IPR advantageous companies and regions, IPR pilot colleges and universities, some scientific research institutes and IP agencies.

                                                                                                     Source: IPR in China



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