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Unprecedented IP envoy appointed to protect UK interests in China

9 December 2011

Following our recent blog on UK businesses’ anger at China’s apparent ‘flouting’ of Intellectual Property (IP) rights, the government’s appointment of the UK’s first ever IP Attaché has been announced.

Tom Duke will be based at the British Embassy in Beijing and will be responsible for providing UK companies trading in China with support and advice about the enforcement of IP rights.

In making the announcement, Baroness Wilcox (UK Minister for IP) commented on the opportunity that the Chinese market represents for UK businesses, stating that trade between the two nations was last year worth an estimated £42 million; she noted ‘we need an efficient global intellectual property system where businesses have the confidence to trade in growing markets’.

This appointment will be welcome news to UK companies such as Dyson who, we reported this week, are put off from dealing in China despite its rapid growth, due to the apparent lack of monitoring of domestic infringers of UK IP rights.

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