During the first week of December 2014, together with my colleague Dr. Mike Hammer, I visited a number of IP practices in Beijing. The next week, I continued my sojourn in China alone, travelling to Shanghai for the IPBCAsia 2014 conference, and then visiting a number of local IP practices in what is widely considered to be the business capital of China. Apart from the exhilarating experience of visiting China for the first time, my visit provided an opportunity to better understand the attitudes of the my fellow IP practitioners in China and, vicariously, of his or her clients.
China’s IP system is young and constantly evolving. In life we tend to look at a situation and form an opinion. While that opinion may be right for that instant in time, it is often never revisited, and can influence many of our decisions in the future, even if the situation has changed.