Users' opportunities in the evolving global patent system : EPO-SIPO co-operation for the harmonisation of the global patent system
09 Oct 2015
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This year, the European Patent Office (EPO) and China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) are celebrating the 30th anniversary of their bilateral co‑operation. To mark this occasion, an international symposium is being organised in Lyon (FR), in partnership with the CCIR Rhône-Alpes (Chamber of commerce and industry for the Rhône-Alpes region), Consortium EURORAA. Lyon, with its long tradition in the printing and silk industries, has played a pioneering role in disseminating Chinese culture in Europe since the Renaissance. To this day, China remains an important economic partner of France's second city. High-level Chinese IP representatives and European experts from industry and the patent world will meet to share their experiences and discuss how patents can be used as strategic business tools in Chinese and European markets. The one-day symposium will review the progress made in IP generally and patents in particular. This local event is destinated to SMEs and companies from Rhône-Alpes Auvergne in France and China.