China IP Road Shows and events

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With its China intellectual property (IP)–related events — including the China IP Road Shows and China IP webinars — the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) offers U.S. businesses and rights holders, especially small and medium-sized businesses and new-to-market exporters, the unique opportunity to learn how to better protect their IP in China. Both the China Road Shows and the China IP webinars are free and open to the public.

The China IP Road Shows are one-day events that represent a collaboration between the USPTO and a variety of organizations across the country, including universities, USPTO regional offices, business groups, state and local governments, and other federal agencies. These programs bring to local businesses and stakeholders the expertise and knowledge of the USPTO’s China specialists as well as that of special invited guests, who often include local businesspeople.

The China IP webinars offer similar content to the China IP Road Shows, but in a shorter (usually 90-minute) format that is usually focused on a specific IP topic, presented by one or more of the USPTO’s China IP specialists. These online programs are accessible no matter what your location.

Upcoming events

Additional events are planned in 2020. Please check back for more information.

China IP events: three years of covering the country

Between 2017 and mid-2020, the USPTO’s China IP Road Shows were held in 29 cities In addition, 6 China IP webinars were held over that same time period. Information about these past programs is listed below.

Map of the United States pinpointing 29 previous China Road Show locations across America. Four upcoming events in Minneapolise, MN; Cincinnati, OH; Hunstville, AL; and Clearwater, FL, are planned in 2020.


Past events

2020 Events

September 15, 2020: Webinar

Safeguarding Trade Secrets in China’s Changing IP Landscape

This two-hour webinar looks at the latest developments in trade secret protection and enforcement in China—including those prompted by the U.S.-China “Phase One” agreement—and discusses, from the practical perspective of a hypothetical case study, how these developments are likely to affect U.S. business interests. Learn more about the webinar here.

July 23, 2020: Webinar

Overlapping IP Protection in China

This 90-minute program will offer U.S. businesses, inventors, and IP rights holders the opportunity to hear from guest practitioners and IP experts with experience in using overlapping protection for protecting your products in China including, e.g., design patents, utility model patents, three-dimensional trademarks, copyright and anti-unfair competition law. They will walk participants through the process of how they would protect a hypothetical product and the steps they would take in the event of infringement. Space is limited; learn more and register early. Learn more about the webinar here.

June 16, 2020: Webinar

Top trademark and copyright cases in China: What rights holders need to know

This China IP webinar will feature presentations by five senior USPTO attorneys. They will discuss significant recent legislation and court decisions in China regarding copyright and trademarks. Learn more about the webinar here.

May 7, 2020: Webinar

Highlights from the field: Current IP developments from China

A 90-minute webinar covering new laws and regulations, current trends, significant court and administrative rulings, and what these developments mean for U.S. rights holders looking to protect their IP. Watch the event recording.

March 25, 2020: Clearwater, Florida - POSTPONED

The USPTO's China IP road show comes to Tampa Bay area, in cooperation with the U.S. Commercial Service. Please note: the event on March 25, 2020 has been postponed. We will update the Clearwater event listing when we have a new date scheduled.

March 19, 2020: Minneapolis, Minnesota - POSTPONED

The USPTO's China IP road show comes to Minneapolis, in cooperation with the U.S. Commercial Service. Please note: the event on March 19, 2020 has been postponed. We will update the Minneapolis event listing when we have a new date scheduled.