CIPO Visit to China

Johanne Bélisle, CIPO Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trade-marks, and Chief Executive Officer, speaks with  Liu Junchen, Vice Minister of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) (Director General of Chinese Trademark Office).

In June, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) visited Beijing to meet with Chinese counterparts and interlocutors in support of their mission to help Canadian businesses compete globally.

The visit was highly successful, with the major outcomes being the renewal of the CIPO's Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) for six years, and the confirmation of two-year work plans with SIPO and the Trademark Office of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC). Both of which demonstrate the collaborative relationship between Canada and China.

Johanne Bélisle, CIPO Commissioner of Patents, Registrar of Trade-marks, and Chief Executive Officer, shakes hand with Shen Changyu, China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) Commissioner

During the visit, CIPO received SIPO's recognition for the efforts made by our government in developing an innovation-based economy, which provides a prospective future for good intellectual property (IP) cooperation between the two IP offices.

CIPO has shown leadership by laying the groundwork for government-to-government collaboration to better serve businesses operating across our borders. The renewal of the CIPO-SIPO MOU and the confirmation of workplans with SIPO and SAIC will enable Canada and China to work together on tangible cooperative activities in the areas of patents and trademarks.

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