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CHINA IPR Helpdesk

CHINA IPR Helpdesk 

The China IPR SME Helpdesk supports European Union (EU) Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to both protect and enforce their Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in or relating to Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan through the provision of free information and services. These take the form of jargon-free, first-line, confidential advice on intellectual property and related issues, plus training, materials and online resources.

The Helpdesk raises awareness about IPR matters in China affecting European SMEs, and help them make informed IPR decisions.

Available to all EU SMEs, the Helpdesk co-operates with European SME networks, chambers of commerce and industry associations of offer the following services free of charge:
Helpdesk Enquiry Service – Confidential Advice
The Helpdesk arranges training events and webinars on China IPR protection and enforcement in Europe and China, tailored to the needs of SMEs:
• General IPR issues – including IP registration and establishing and IP enforcement strategy
• Practical business challenges – such as choosing Chinese business partners, attending trade fairs, licensing.
• Industry specific trainings – such as machinery sector, creative industries, ICT, clean-tech
• One-on-one sessions: free 20 minute one-on-one consultations with an IP expert
• Webinars: 45 minute online presentations + 30 minute live Q&A, from the convenience of your own office or home. All recording are available for free download on our website.
Industry and business-focused guides and training materials address China IPR issues by:
IP topic – including patents, trade marks, copyrights, licensing, dealing with counterfeiting
Business focus – including technology transfer, conducting R&D, using contracts
Industry – including textiles, pharma, clean technology, creative industries, automotive. The Helpdesk can also supply intermediaries with articles about IPR in China written by IP experts for partner newsletter, website content or other publications.
Online services
The multi-lingual online portal provides easy access for all EU SMEs to Helpdesk information and services, including Helpdesk guides, E-learning modules, event information, and webinar recordings. Users can subscribe to our blog Your IP Insider, our project newsletter, our Youtube video channels and our Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn feeds, to stay up to date on project activities and China IPR news.
For more information and to discuss how we can work together, please contact us:
Telephone: +32(2)4631333 +8618612469652
The following China IPR SME Helpdesk Publications comprise a range of expert-written guides that assist EU SMEs in understanding the IPR landscape in China. Download them for free from our website. You can also find the guides on the USB keys distributed during events.
General IPR Guides
  • Guide to Copyrights in China
  • Guide to Patent Protection in China
  • Guide to Protecting Your Trade Secrets in China
  • Guide to New Varieties of Plant in China
  • Guide to Trade Mark Protection in China
  • Guide to Using Customs to Protect Your IPR in China
  • Intellectual Property Systems: China / Europe Comparison
  • Understanding and Using China’s Design Patent
  • Guide to Geographical Indications in China
  • Guide to Understanding and Using China’s Design Patent
‘How to’ Guides
  • How to File a Copyright Registration in China
  • How to Remove Counterfeit Goods from E-Commerce Sites in China
  • How to Record your Trade Marks with Customs in China
  • How to Record IPR with customs in China
  • How to Establish and EU-China Joint Research Structure
  • How to Identify and handle IP scams
  • How to find an Intellectual Property Agent
  • How to search for basic Chinese Company Information to Protect your IP
  • How to Secure Effective Evidence at Trade Fairs
  • How to conduct a trade mark search
Business Process Specific Guides
  • Arbitration and IP
  • Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in China
  • Finding the Right Lawyer
  • IP Strategy for European SMEs at Trade Fairs in China
  • Managing IP as a Business Asset
  • Technology Transfer to China: Guidance for Businesses
  • Protection of Online IPR in China – Domain Names
  • Guide to R&D in China for European SMEs
  • Guide to Using Contracts to Protect your IPR in China
Industry Specific Guides
  • Guide for IPR Protection in China for the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Guide to IPR Protection in China for the Furniture Industry
  • Guide to IPR Protection in China for the Cosmetics Industry
  • Guide to IPR Protection in China for the Wine and Spirits Sector China IPR
  • Guide for European SMEs in the Ceramics Industry
  • Guide to IPR Protection in China for the Creative Industries
  • Guide to IPR Protection in China for the Textile Industry
  • Guideline on Medical Device Industry IPR Protection in China
  • IP Strategies for EU ‘Cleantech’ SMEs in China
  • China IPR Guide for European SMEs in the ICT Sector
  • China IPR Guide for European SMEs in the Automotive Industry
  • Guide to IPR Protection in China for the Fashion and Design Industry
  • Guide to IPR Protection in China for the Food & Beverage Industry
  • Guide to an Effective Protection of IPR for the Mechanical Engineering Sector
  • Guide to IP Protection in China for the OEM Industry
IP Factsheets
  • Mainland China
  • Hong Kong
  • Macao
  • Taiwan