Conference preview: China Intellectual Property & Innovation Summit 2018


Conference preview: China Intellectual Property & Innovation Summit 2018

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CIPIS 2018, from April 11 to 13 in Shanghai, will welcome more than 600 IP counsel from different industries such as telecommunications, electronics, software, pharmaceuticals, and aerospace. Conways Asia reports.

The China Intellectual Property & Innovation Summit 2018 (CIPIS 2018) will be held on April 11 to 13, 2018, in Shanghai, China. To cover a wider range of IP topics, the original two-day event has been upgraded to span three days and is now fully subscribed.

After China’s 19th CPC National Congress last October, the country clearly showed its intent of fostering a culture of innovation and strengthening the creation, protection, and application of IP.

The growing global power of Chinese companies, combined with the rapid expansion of China’s domestic market, is causing dramatic IP strategy implications for businesses around the world. It has brought not only new horizons and new opportunities for the IP industry, but also new resources and new challenges.

More than 600 IP counsel from different industries such as telecommunications, electronics, software, pharmaceuticals, and aerospace are to join CIPIS 2018 in Shanghai, China. 

Hot topics for CIPIS

Day one:

  • An overview of the patent linkage system of China;
  • New positioning of the ‘three-step method’ in patent examination;
  • Patent mining and mapping;
  • Getting lost in the first generics market;
  • The country’s first law on traditional Chinese medicine; and
  • IP strategy in M&A transactions.

Days two and three:

  • The new direction of IP protection strategy under the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative;
  • The changing China trademark landscape;
  • The significance and trends of civil law of the PRC confirming that trade secrets are IP;
  • Where next for the US patent pendulum? 
  • Brand protection strategies;
  • How Chinese enterprises deal with patent disputes;
  • Punitive damages and wilful infringement;
  • FRAND terms and SEPs in China;
  • IP management at the artificial intelligence (AI) frontier; and
  • IP capital: IP and finance.

Previous years’ speakers

SIOP: Head of patent management department

Shanghai IP Court: Director

LeTV: Vice president of global patents

Alibaba: IP director

ZTE Corporation: Chief IP officer

Huawei: Director of IP

Samsung: Global vice president

LG: Global vice president

TSMC: Chief IP consultant

Unilever China: Head of patents

Akzo Nobel: Director of IP

Midea Group: Director of IP Center

IBM: Director of IP

Dolby Laboratories: Senior licensing director

China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation: Director of IP

Geely: Vice president, head of IP

Lenovo: Director of IP

Participating enterprises, government bodies and associations

These include Huawei, Sogou, JD, Hisense, Tencent, Goer Acoustic, LeTV, Yili, Baiyunshan Pharmaceutical, Alibaba, Samsung Display, Matsushita Singapore R&D Center, Matsushita Electric China, China Mobile, Midea Group, COFCO Group, Philips, NXP, Geely Automobile, Zhejiang University, Tongji University, DT Mobile, Shanghai Pharmaceutical, Continental Automotive, Hikvision, Solvay, Fosun Pharma, Qihoo 360, ZTE, Yinjiang shares, TCL China Household Electrical Appliances, China Resources Microelectronics, Phoenix Contact, SIOP, CFDA, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health Chinese Academy of Sciences, China Technology and Exchange.

For more information and the agenda, contact Karena Cheung on +86-21-3159-5775 or, or visit the website at

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