CITMA in China21 November 2017
Bad faith and classification were on the agenda when CITMA supported the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) in a recent visit to China. The trip was a chance to engage and collaborate with Chinese intellectual property agencies and trade mark profession.
CITMA’s Second-Vice President Richard Goddard and CITMA Council member Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy were representing the UK trade mark profession on the trip. They were joined by representatives from The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) and the IPO, including its CEO Tim Moss.
The meetings in Shanghai and Beijing were opportunities to share knowledge and best practice, and discuss some of the challenges facing the IP professions in China and the UK.
Richard and Rachel also held constructive meetings with Chinese counterparts around the topics of bad faith and classification. They met with representatives from a number of organisations including: Chinese State Administration of Industry and Commerce (SAIC), China Trademark Association (CTA), and Trademark Review and Adjudication Board (TRAB), along with local companies and industry.
They also attended the China International Industry Fair in Shanghai, supporting the work of the IPO and the ‘GREAT Britain’ campaign.
The delegation was led by Trade Minister Baroness Fairhead and Local Government Minister Jake Berry.