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High-standard IP classes open for firms

SHANGHAI started a program yesterday to strengthen intellectual property protection, practice it in line with global standards and better handle related risks.

The First Executive Course on International Trade IP, hosted by Shanghai intellectual property authorities in partnership with the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London, was opened at East China University of Political Science and Law, targeting people working in local companies and those in Yangtze River Delta region, as well as national and international law firms.

The curricular of the program is in line with the top intellectual property standards of the European Union, and is practical with the highlight of many case studies.

Shen Weihua, vice chairman of the Shanghai Commission of Commerce, said the program can help companies a lot when they are increasingly involved in global trade and investment.

“Intellectual property is at the core of global collaboration and competition, so businesses and law firms had better familiarize themselves with international practice,” Shen said. “It can also help improve Shanghai’s practice in intellectual property protection and better dealing related issues.”

Last year, Shanghai reported US$9.87 billion contracted trade of technology, among which imports were US$4.28 billion. With the increasing trade were more disputes related to intellectual property. According to the commission, five Shanghai companies, mainly chipmakers, were involved in investigations last year initiated by American firms due to the alleged infringement of intellectual property. They sued altogether 21 Chinese companies.


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