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UCTPF Organizes U.S. Congressional Staff Delegation to Beijing and Tianjin. Discussion on Sino-US Intellectual Property Exchange and Cooperation.

Corey Messervy, Administrative Manager –Director of Constituent Services of Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, led a delegation of eleven congressional staff on a visit to China from October 26th, 2018 to November 4th, 2018. Through attending several political and cultural visits, they managed to engage in candid and in-depth exchanges with the Chinese hosts regarding China’s economic development and intellectual property protection efforts.

Visit National Copyright Administration of PRC 

The US delegation visited the National Copyright Administration of the People’s  Republic of China and met with Mr. Tang Zhaozhi, Deputy Director General of Copyright Department. On the same day, Deputy Director General Tang delivered a speech on the protection of Chinese intellectual property rights, copyright trading between China and the United States, and exchanged views with the delegation on international copyright issues such as online piracy. It was an informative session which helped the delegates to develop an in-depth understanding of China’s copyright laws as well as the bilateral copyright trade situation.

Visit the Supreme People’s Court of PRC 

The US delegates arrived at the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China to meet with Judge Zhu Li from the Intellectual Property Tribunal of the Supreme People’s Court. There, they had a discussion on the increasingly serious situation of intellectual property protection. Through the exchange, the delegation achieved a deeper understanding of China’s domestic IP protection situation and the cooperation undertaken between the US and Chinese Supreme Courts. The discussion concluded with both sides acknowledging that there are still rooms for improvement to protect IP in both countries.

Visit National Intellectual Property Administration 

The  US delegates visited the National Intellectual Property Administration and was received by Director Wu Kai from the Cooperation Department. During the meeting, Director Wu Kai introduced to the delegates the core responsibilities of the Administration while emphasizing that the liaison, cooperation and exchange activities for the development of bilateral patent works requires joint efforts and cooperation from both countries. To round off the visit, Director Wu Kai and the delegates had a lively debate on factors affecting protection of intellectual property rights.

Visit Beijing Intellectual Property Court

The US delegation visited the Beijing Intellectual Property Court and met with its Chief Judge, Mr Wang Jinshan. Chief Judge Wang Jinshan introduced the Court as the judicial organ that handles intellectual property cases and the implementation of relevant laws and duties. He indicated that protecting intellectual property rights effectively is now a matter that requires careful consideration, given the rapid rise in importance of intellectual property fuelled by the growing trend of entrepreneurship and innovation, which results in more patents and trademarks being filed. The delegation expressed its views on the above issues and received new insights into the relevant judicial system for intellectual property protection in China.

Visit CITIC Foundation 

The US delegation visited the CITIC Foundation for Reform and Development Studies where they were warmly hosted by the President of CITIC Foundation, Mr. Kong Dan. He engaged the delegates in a forum discussion before rounding the night off with a sumptuous dinner. After a series of keynote speeches, the two sides held a lively and enriching discussion on IP protection and bilateral economic relationships, sharing honest opinions which helped to deepen understanding of each other’s perception of the issues. 

Visit Tianjin Market and Quality Supervision Administration

The US delegation arrived at Tianjin, a beautiful coastal city to the South of Beijing, and visited the Tianjin Market and Quality Supervision Administration.  The Administration’s Deputy Director, Mr. Guo Chengming, held a dialogue session with the delegation on market supervision and property rights protection for local enterprises.Through the interactive session, the delegation gained an appreciation of local regulatory frameworks and how the Administration operates and protect enterprises in Tianjin. 

Visit Tianjin Municipal Committee of the CPPCC 

The US delegation visited the Tianjin Municipal Committee of the  CPPCC and met with Zhao Zhonghua, Vice-chairman of Tianjin Municipal CPPCC. During the meeting, the members learned about the achievements and challenges faced by American companies in Tianjin and they expressed development and future of American companies in China. During the visit, the delegation learnt of CPPCC’s essential role in the Chinese political system, as a collective body that provides representation and a voice to people from all walks of life in China.

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