South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk

‘East meets West 2016’, Vienna, 21-22 April 2016

Event Details:  

Event type:

Visibility event


21-22 April 2016




Vienna, Austra


No charge




Small and Medium-sized enterprises (Less than 250 employees) or SME intermediary associations from the European Union only


Event Description:

"East meets West" is the EPO's annual forum on Asian patent information. The forum serves as a regular platform for patent information users around the world to discuss their Asian patent information needs.

During the two-day event, plenary sessions and smaller discussion rounds will treat various Asian patent information subjects. Participants will be able to obtain an overview of the latest developments in Asian patent data during a poster exhibition. Additionally, there will be ample opportunity for informal contact with experts from Asia and Europe. Optional training sessions can be booked in the run-up to the forum.

Helpdesk expert, Simon Cheetham will represent both the China and South-East Asia Helpdesks at the event.




Thursday, 21 April 2016

Palais Niederösterreich, Vienna




08.00 - 09.00

Registration and opening of poster session

09.00 - 09.10

Welcome and keynote speech

(R. Flammer, EPO)


News from Asia

09.10 - 09.35

Japan: Opposition and appeals revisited

(speaker from JPO)

09.35 - 10.00

China: Update on recent and upcoming law changes

(speaker from SIPO)

10.00 - 10.25

Korea: Recent developments at the Korean Patent Office

(speaker from KIPO)

10.25 - 11.00

Coffee break and possibility to visit poster session


News from emerging markets

11.00 - 11.25

Information on the Eurasian Patent Office

(speaker tbc)

11.25 - 11.50

Recent developments in Indian patent information

(speaker from Indian Patent Office)

11.50 - 12.15

Data exchange and cooperation

with India

(speaker from EPO)


News from the EPO

12.15 - 12.25

Recent Asian data news

(speaker from EPO)

12.25 - 12.35

Report from the Front Office

(speaker from EPO)

12.35 - 12.45

Machine translation developments

(speaker from EPO)

12.45 - 14.00


14.00 - 15.15

Roundtable  discussions (first round)

In an informal setting, users and experts come together in small groups to share

their insights, tips and tricks. This is your opportunity to give feedback to the

experts and benefit from the experience of others.

Table 1: ARABPAT: developments and perspectives

Table 2: Impact of the new Patent (Amendments) Rules in India

Table 3: Challenges with patent information from Russia and Eurasia

Table 4: Harmonisation of patent procedures

Table 5: Patents and money: trends in Asia

Table 6: Upcoming patent law changes in China

Table 7: Importance of patent information from South America

Table 8: Hong Kong and Macao: systems and sources

Table 9: Utility models: dual filing, conversions & co.

Table 10: Strategies for challenging patents in Asia

15.15 - 15.45

Coffee break and possibility to visit poster session

15.45 - 17.00

Roundtable discussions (second round)


Departure of buses for evening event

19.00 - 21.30

Evening event at Oktogon am Himmel, Vienna



Friday, 22 April 2016

Palais Niederösterreich, Vienna



08.30 - 09.30

Breakfast and poster session

09.30 - 10.45

Wrapup of roundtable discussions

10.45 - 11.15

Coffee break and possibility to visit poster session

11.15 - 12.35


Streams consist of a series of short presentations, highlighting different points of

view on a certain topic. Experts and users will share their experiences and there

will be plenty of room for discussions and questions. The streams will be running

in parallel.

Stream 1: Searching with names: challenges and solutions

Stream 2: Big data and Asian patent information

12.45 - 13.05

A personal view of East meets West

13.05 - 13.15

Closing remarks




Speaker biography: 

Simon Cheetham is the Team Leader of the China IPR SME Helpdesk. He is a China IPR Enforcement expert with over 30 years' experience in commercial investigations, due diligence and IPR enforcement in China and internationally. He has lived and worked in China and South-East Asia for over 17 years. He is also the Managing Director of ERINYES INTERNATIONAL LTD, a firm he founded to capitalise on his extensive experience of international investigations, loss prevention and enforcement work. He manages and directs the operations of the Company from Europe to the Far East.



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About the South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesk: 

The China IPR SME Helpdesk provides free information, first-line advice and training to SMEs to protect and enforce their IPR in China. The Helpdesk’s services are free to European SMEs and SME intermediaries (including EU embassies) and includes training events in China and Europe; online tools and materials at and tailored advice from our experts by phone, Email or though the website.



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