We were priveleged to attend day two of 2nd China Patent Counsel Conference in Shanghai, a two day event that was very well organized by Glorious Cheng of the JFPS.
It seems that Chinese patent attorneys are interested in learning as much as networking. There were lectures in Chinese and English, both with simultaneous translations. I found the English translations of Chinese lectures, really excellent. From the surprise expressed by one of the Chinese participants, I suspect that the not all translators from English into Cantonese were as competent.
The Chinese IP-Conferencer seems younger than his Western counterpart, and more serious. There were fewer exhibitors, and the swag was mostly disks-on-keys, stapler removers, and other more work related stuff. I am not sure how this is best explained.
Is it that:
1. The Conference was simply smaller than INTA, so the exhibition was smaller
2. Chinese patent attorney is less sophisticated than his Western counterpart
3. The Chinese patent attorney is more sophisticated than his Western counterpart
4. Touristy things made in China have no attraction to IP Professionals also made in China
5. Not travelling overseas, and often not leaving the same city, there is no need to bring back souvenirs for the kids
6. Having less children, there is less need to collect gimmicky stuff for them
7. All of the above
8. None of the above
The talks were informative. Lunch looked fascinating, and the shrimpy things looked back from their platters with fascination as well. I enjoyed my raw cherry tomatoes and bean sprouts and looked forwards to visiting Chabad for supper. I did rather enjoy a sort of miniature, seedless mango, served chilled in the coffee break, that could be eaten skin and all.
The event was well organized. It was a shame that we missed the first day, which apparently was slightly better attended.
I picked up all sorts of tips regarding contracting Chinese firms to manufacture, the Korean system, the differences between Mainland China and Taiwan with regards to IP, etc. Perhaps the most important lesson I took back with me was that the Chinese are taking IP seriously. They pay licensing fees, establish patent consortiums between non-competing entities with complimentary technologies to establish defensive patenting strategies, and have sophisticated, knowledgeable IP professionals.
The organizers provided a book of the Power Point Presentations, and the material on disk as well. I hope to attend future conferences, and will try to attend both days of such events.