Patricia was invited to Singapore as a part of the IP week celebrations, where she attended the second Heads of Intellectual Property Office Conference (HIPOC) for countries in South Asia and Southeast Asia. The HIPOC is a valuable platform for heads of IP offices to engage on fundamental concepts of IP and IP administration. Patricia also met with the Director General of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore Tan Yih San and discussed co-operation between the two offices.
In China, Patricia had a productive meeting with Commissioner Shen Changyu of the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China (SIPO). The meeting covered development of the Chinese and Australian IP systems, public awareness of IP and work sharing arrangements between IP offices. The meeting culminated in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which replaces the existing MOU between IP Australia and SIPO and builds on the strong relationship between our two offices.
Patricia also met with Director General Xu Ruibiao of the Trademark Office of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce of the People’s Republic of China (SAIC). This meeting focused on recent developments of both countries’ trade mark systems.
In addition to these bilateral meetings, Patricia also visited the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) recently established office in Beijing and participated in a roundtable discussion with members of the Australia China Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) about IP in China. This discussion allowed us to gather a clearer understanding of Australian business’ experience of China’s IP environment.
Ms Kelly also participated in an informative podcast on the IP system in China and Australia which is available at http://austcham.org/podcast-series/.