Strategies for protecting and enforcing intellectual property in China: What Illinois businesses need to know

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China has been among the top destinations for Illinois’ exports in recent years. Business owners doing business in or with China may find their valuable intellectual property (IP) is being infringed there. Even businesses not operating in China may find counterfeit versions of their products for sale in China or the United States, or their trademarks registered in China without their knowledge.

Join us for this free, one-day program, where experts from the U.S. government, IP attorneys, and local businesspeople will share their insights on how U.S. rights holders can protect and enforce their IP in China and the United States. 

Topics will include:

  • What small- and medium-sized businesses need to know about protecting all types of IP in China
  • IP developments in China: Challenges and opportunities in a shifting IP environment
  • Enforcing IP rights, in both China and the United States, against infringement originating in China
  • U.S. government resources for U.S. companies
  • Rewards and challenges of doing business in China: The Illinois experience

This program will be of particular benefit to Illinois business owners who are just starting to consider doing business in or with China by imparting basic knowledge from which to develop an IP strategy.

Please note, this is an in-person program only; there is no virtual attendance option.

Continuing legal education (CLE) credit for Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin attorneys may be available to attendees of this program, pending approval by the relevant state authorities.

This program is organized by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Office of Policy and International Affairs in collaboration with with the U.S. Commercial Service Chicago, the Illinois District Export Council, and the offices of U.S. Representative Raja Krishnamoorthi and Malcolm X College. It is one of a series of China IP Road Shows that the USPTO conducts across the country. For more information about the series, visit the China IP Road Show homepage.

Register today


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Additional information

For more information, visit the registration page or contactNadine Herbert in the USPTO’s. ffice of Policy and International Affairs.

This program is hosted by the USPTO’s Global Intellectual Property Academy, a unit of the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs. The office advises the administration and other federal government departments and agencies on domestic and international IP legal and policy issues. It also provides technical assistance and training on IP-related matters to U.S. stakeholders and both U.S. and foreign government officials.

Accessibility accommodation


If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please submit your request to the contact information listed above.

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