SIPO Commissioner Shen Changyu Leads a Delegation to Visit IP Institutions in France and Czech Republic

Recently, SIPO Commissioner Shen Changyu led a delegation to visit the French Industrial Property Office (INPI) and jointly hosted the 30th Sino-French Joint Patent Committee Meetings with INPI Director General Romain Soubeyran. They signed the Minutes of Talks of the 30th Sino-French Joint Committee Meetings.

This was the first meeting of them since Mr. Soubeyran took office. Shen Changyu introduced the latest developments of IPR in China and SIPO. The two sides exchanged in-depth views on the IPR policies of the two countries, IPR financing, public service, management of local institutions, patent qualities as well as other issues. Shen Changyu said that after thirty years of development, the cooperation between SIPO and INPI has been fruitful in terms of data exchange, staff training, and a bilateral joint patent committee. He hoped that the two sides would continue to expand the fields of cooperation and deepen cooperation in a more pragmatic way to provide better services for the public and the IPR users of the two countries.

Mr. Soubeyran said in his speech that Shen's visit not only helped facilitate the friendly cooperative relations but also especially meaningful in opening up a new chapter for future cooperation. The INPI will continue to stay in close contact with SIPO to promote cooperation in the field of IPR.

On June 5th, Shen Changyu led a delegation to visit the Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic (IPO CZ) and held talks with Josef Kratochvil, President of IPO CZ. The two sides signed the Joint Statement of Intent on the Cooperation of Patent Prosecution Highway between SIPO and IPO CZ. 

Shen Changyu said that SIPO attached great importance to the cooperation with IPO CZ and the two have been enjoying close contact in recent years with fruitful results in policy exchange, staff training, patent examination, document exchange, informatization, among others. He has high hopes for deeper cooperation under the Belt and Road Initiative, 16+1 mechanism and the China-Visegrad Group Cooperation, bringing the IPR cooperation between China and Czech up to a new level to achieve win-win results.

Mr. Kratochvil was in full agreement with Shen Changyu on his proposal on the field and direction of future cooperation. He said that he was willing to deepen mutual understanding, facilitate practical cooperation and promote IPR cooperation. (Translated from SIPO Website Chinese Version)