By Michiel Tjoe-Awie
1957 – First Canton Fair: Canton Fair was organized for the first time;
2001 – Introduction of an IPR plan: Canton Fair comes up with IPR regulations;
2002 – Introduction of reverse burden of proof: Canton Fair orders companies to provide evidence to prove their innocence if accused of IPR infringements;
2004 – Canton Fair becomes model: the State Council issues an action plan for IPR protection demanding that all other trade fairs should learn from Canton Fair;
2006 - Canton Fair’s regulations are leading: the Canton Fair regulations were used as an example for China's first trade fair IPR regulations (Protection Measures for IPRs during Exhibitions);
2011 – Canton Fair IPR statistics 2011: Canton Fair handled 616 IPR infringement complaints from companies taking part, 800 exhibitors were accused and 465 companies received disciplinary action, which includes in some cases being expelled from the fair.
- Companies that were found to have infringed IPRs were named and shamed during the fair;
- During the fair a Sino-Japanese symposium on IPR protection was held.
Read Zhou Sufen's article for China Daily here.
Tip! Before going to an exhibition don’t forget to register your IPRs in the strategic markets. Contact Danny Friedmann if you want to know more about this.
Text Michiel Tjoe-Awie