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Is China’s Patent System as Bad as You Think? – Separating the Myths from Reality (An International Viewpoint from within China)


In this two-part series, Sweden-China Trade Council have invited AWA Asia to share their views and knowledge on the latest developments within patent and trademark issues in China. The first webinar on December 2 will focus on trademarks and this second webinar on December 10 will focus on patents. We hope that you will join us for these up-to-date presentations.

China is a unique jurisdiction when it comes to intellectual property and one that warrants particular attention, whether as a key global market or a manufacturing destination for international companies. In this webinar, Xiaofan Chen from AWA Asia will debunk myths from the on-the-ground reality they experience navigating China’s patent regime. Xiaofan will consider emerging trends such as rapidly changing patent law and practice towards China’s pro-patentee landscape, improved trade secrets protection, effective remedy of injunctions etc., from three aspects of preparation for market entry, patent filing and prosecution, and patent enforcement in China.

Xiaofan Chen, Partner, AWA Asia

Xiaofan Chen is a Partner in AWA Asia’s Beijing office. He has over 17 years of experience with contentious and non-contentious strategic patent portfolio management. He represents international clients in patent invalidation, patent infringement and administrative cases. Xiaofan was one of the first patent litigators to be officially registered with the Supreme People’s Court in China and since 2018 has been recommended for patent prosecution in China in the IAM Patent 1000: The World’s Leading Patent Professionals.​

Ai-Leen Lim, CEO and Principal Counsel, AWA Asia

This webinar will be moderated by Ai-Leen Lim who leads AWA’s Asia practice as CEO and Principal Counsel, managing its headquarters in Hong Kong and its wholly owned Chinese IP consultancy in Beijing. She is admitted as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore and is qualified to practise in Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. For more than 23 years she has advised clients on IP portfolio management in China, in Hong Kong and internationally, with a special focus on China market entry, brand management and IP strategy. Ai-Leen has been consistently recognised for her work through rankings and awards from leading industry publications including Chambers and Partners, The Legal 500, World Trademark Review and Managing IP. Most recently she was listed as a WTR Global Leader 2020 by World Trademark Review.

Where: Webinar, link will be sent to all participants ahead of the event

When: Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 09:00 – 10:00 CET

Cost: Free of charge for SCTC members

Bookings are closed for this event.