Utah Hosts China-U.S. Intellectual Property Rights Roundtable

The state of Utah was recently honored to be one of only three sites in the country to host a large visiting delegation from the Chinese International Trade office of the Ministry of Commerce. Hosted at the Salt Lake Chamber with the coordination of the World Trade Center Utah, this unique IPR Roundtable event included an opening presentation by Mr. Chong Quan, Deputy China International Trade Representative of the Ministry of Commerce as well as specific presentations by Deputy Director Generals from the offices of Trademark, Copyright and Patents in the P.R.C.

Following the delegation presentations, there was an energetic round of questions from the audience consisting of the Utah community of IP lawyers as well as numerous in-house counsels of several large companies including eBay, Lifetime Products, Autoliv and Skullcandy. Several in the audience raised questions regarding potential issues of patent or trademark infringement or copyright challenges. The delegates acknowledged the difficulties and pledged their commitment to install the mechanisms needed to uphold the appropriate laws.

One participant asked why the delegation chose to come to Utah and many were pleased to learn the selection was based on the numerous national accolades Utah has received as a "Best State for Business" and "Best State to Start a Business." They also noted the highly visible and extensive information technology and medical device industry in Utah, making Utah a highly relevant site for this IPR discussion.

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Funded in part through a grant award with the U.S. Small Business Administration