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Event on: 6 Jul

Date: 6 Jul

Time: 5:00pm — 7:30pm

For many companies China offers unparalleled opportunities for collaboration in trade, science and innovation, yet at the same time is associated with increased risk to intellectual property. But how great are these risks and how can they be mitigated? Is the intellectual property landscape in China changing, and could we more safely do business together?

‘Intellectual Property In China: Busting The Myths’ will bring together companies and experts withon-the-ground experience of dealing with intellectual property in China to share their insights, proposeformal strategies and offer practical tips on reconciling and protecting commercial interests.Join us to share and learn, and gain a fresh perspective on the China opportunity.

DATE: Monday 6th July

TIME: 17:00 – 19:30

VENUE: ‘Re:Centre’, University of Bradford

PRICE: £15 - to purchase tickets online click here

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17:00 REGISTRATION AND REFRESHMENTS

17:30 WELCOME, SCENE SETTING AND SCENARIOS

PAUL THORNING - DIRECTOR OF OPEN INNOVATION, UNIVERSITY OF BRADFORD AND CEO, CRYSTEC LTD.

Paul runs a programme enabling UK innovators to develop joint technology with Chinese companies, accessing Chinese government funding. He is also CEO of a UK pharmaceutical technology company with R&D in Tianjin. In addition Paul is a member of the joint UK-China Government Task Force on Financing Innovation.

17:45 PANEL PRESENTATION AND DISCUSSION CHAIRED BY PAUL THORNING AND FEATURING:

DR LIZ MASON LL.B (HONS), MIEX (GRAD) SENIOR TEACHING FELLOW, UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS 

Liz’s research interests include examining the effect of national intellectual property protection and enforcementsystems on the management strategies of firms. Her focus has been on the advanced-engineering, softwareelectronics and pharmaceuticals sectors, specifically in the context of China.

MALCOLM STAFF - MANAGING DIRECTOR, HALIFAX FAN (BASED IN SHENZHEN CHINA)

The Halifax Fan group is a global leader in industrial fan equipment with factories in both Leeds City Region andChina. Interestingly, far from being a threat to the UK business, focusing on the market in Asia has also increased and grown manufacturing and sales through their UK facility.

JAMES LOVE – SOLICITOR-ADVOCATE, JAMES LOVE LEGAL

James runs a boutique intellectual property law practice with a particular focus on international markets including China. He visits China regularly, and advises both UK and Chinese companies on protecting and exploiting their brands, technology and creativity.

18:25 OPEN DISCUSSION: SOLUTIONS TO SCENARIOS

18:40 NETWORKING DINNER

19:30 SESSION CLOSE