International Activities

Japan-China Corporate Cooperation Conference in Guangzhou and Chengdu

JIPA held annual meetings of the Japan-China Corporate Cooperation Conference on March 5 and 7, 2013, in Guangzhou and Chengdu, China, respectively.

This conference has met in Beijing and Shanghai on an annual basis since April 2005, when the Japan-China Intellectual Property Forum was held in Shanghai for the first time. The purpose of the conference is to build close relationships between Japanese IP users, that is, the Japan Intellectual Property Association (JIPA) and its member companies, and Chinese IP authorities and users, namely, the Patent Protection Association of China (PPAC; based in Beijing) and its member companies, the Shanghai Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), and the Shanghai Intellectual Property Service Center (SSIP) and its affiliated companies. Each annual meeting of the conference consists of presentation sessions and discussion sessions on practical issues that many companies in both countries are facing in their IP-related activities, providing attendants with the opportunity to learn from one another. In FY2012, the meeting with PPAC member companies was held in Chengdu, instead of Beijing, and the first official meeting with companies in Guangdong Province was held in Guangzhou, following the meeting held in FY2011 on a trial basis as part of the activities of the International Intellectual Property Protection Forum (IIPPF). On the other hand, unfortunately, the meeting with companies in Shanghai was cancelled at their request.

FY2012 Conference took up the topics that attract great interest from companies in China, which is now a giant patent-filing country: °»filing applications and obtaining rights,°… and °»management and utilization of rights obtained.°… Attendants from both countries delivered productive presentations and engaged in lively discussion.

2013 Guangzhou Conference

Discussion Theme "Filing applications and obtaining rights"

Companies
  • Chinese Companies
  • Japanese Companies
  • Comba Telecom Systems
  • Omron
  • Guangdong Guobi Technology
  • Sony
  • Guangzhou UCWEB Computer Tech.
  • Toray
  • Guangzhou Shiyuan Electronic Tech.
  • Termo
  • Sharp

Discussion Theme "Management and utilization of rights obtained"

Companies
  • Chinese Companies
  • Japanese Companies
  • Guangzhou Shiyuan Electronic Tech.
  • NEC
  • Shenzhen Mindray Bio-med. Electronics
  • HITACHI
  • Kingfa Sci.&Tech.
  • Panasonic
  • Wan Hui Da Law Firm
  • Zeon
Although this was the first conference meeting held in Guangzhou, it was attended by more than 130 persons, including observers. The Chinese companies that delivered presentations were medium-sized companies and they have not filed so many patent applications as compared to large companies ranking highly in terms of the number of PCT applications, such as ZTE and Huawei in Guangdong Province. However, they have filed a considerable number of applications for designs and trademarks, and their presentations demonstrated that they have been carrying out IP-related activities steadily.

To open the meeting, Mr. Xie, Division Director of the Guangdong Intellectual Property Office, Mr. Takemoto, Vice President of JIPA, Mr. Shiraishi, Vice Consul of the Consulate General of Japan in Guangzhou, and Mr. Li, Deputy Chief of the Guangdong Intellectual Property Training Center delivered remarks. Among them, Division Director Xie provided an explanation of the recent IP-related activities in Guangdong Province, one of the regions where such activities are most vigorous in China.

The meeting moved on to the presentation and discussion sessions under the theme of °»filing applications and obtaining rights°… in the morning and °»management and utilization of rights obtained°… in the afternoon. For each theme, four Japanese companies and four Chinese companies made presentations, followed by the group discussion and then the all-hands discussion attended by all participants including observers. Although it was the first formal meeting, discussion was so lively that it was difficult to manage the time and finish the sessions, indicating the high level of IP awareness and IP skills of Chinese participants.

At the closing, Mr. Murata, Section Chief of the Japan Patent Office, who attended the meeting as an observer, delivered a remark, and Mr. Doi, Secretary General of JIPA, provided summaries of the group discussion and his comments.

The Seventh Conference with PPAC (in Chengdu)

Discussion Theme "Filing applications and obtaining rights"

Companies
  • Chinese Companies
  • Japanese Companies
  • BYD
  • Omron
  • Jinjing Paper
  • Sony
  • China Patent Agent (H.K.)
  • Termo
  • Toray
  • Sharp

Discussion Theme "Management and utilization of rights obtained"

Companies
  • Chinese Companies
  • Japanese Companies
  • Tencent Technology (Shenzhen)
  • NEC
  • ECOVACS Robotics (Suzhou)
  • HITACHI
  • Ningbo Yongfa Group
  • Panasonic
  • China International Marine Containers (CIMC) Group
  • Zeon
The meeting with PPCA, although it was moved from Beijing to a regional city, was attended by as many as about 70 people in total. As in the case of last year°«s meeting, it consisted of presentation sessions and discussion sessions under the theme of °»filing applications and obtaining rights°… in the morning and °»management and utilization of rights obtained°… in the afternoon. Observers were also allowed to participate in the all-hands discussion held after the group discussion. This arrangement made discussion very lively.

In the opening of the meeting, Mr. Wan, the founder and current President of PPAC (formerly Commissioner of the State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO)) delivered a speech in which he mentioned the remarkable progress China has made in the IP field. After that, Mr. Miyauchi, Managing Director of JIPA, delivered an opening remark. The afternoon session was opened by the speech delivered by Mr. Li from Sharp, regarding the outline of the revision to the Japanese Patent Act.

As shown in the above table, the presenters from China were medium-sized companies. Their presentations, which were a little longer than those by the Japanese presenters, demonstrated that they were very interested in IP issues and that they have been carrying out substantial IP activities. At the group discussion and all-hands discussion sessions, discussion was so lively that the MC had to stop questions to finish the sessions.

At the closing, Mr. Ma, Vice President of PPAC (CIMC Group), and Mr. Takemoto, Vice President of JIPA, made comments on the overall meeting, and confirmed the holding of the next year°«s meeting.

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