AIPPI's official website has recently announced a statement on the extension of the 2020 Hangzhou World Intellectual Property Conference (hereinafter referred to as the "Hangzhou AIPPI"). The statement pointed out that due to the impact of the COVID-19, the Hangzhou conference will be postponed to October 2021.
Affected by the COVID-19, various international convention and exhibition activities have been cancelled or postponed since this year. Hangzhou CCPIT has maintained close contact with AIPPI and CCPIT Patent & Trademark Law Office (AIPPI China Branch), and has repeatedly discussed multiple sets of conference rescheduling plans. With the vigorous efforts of the CCPIT and AIPPI China Branch, the AIPPI Affairs Bureau, after careful consideration, solicited the opinions of the branches of various countries, and especially obtained the support of the host city in the next few years, determined that the Hangzhou conference will be postponed to October 2021. The San Francisco AIPPI in the United States and the Istanbul AIPPI in Turkey were postponed to 2022 and 2023, respectively.
The AIPPI World Intellectual Property Conference is held annually. In the past ten years, the scale of its participation has exceeded 1500 person for many times. The participants are mainly senior professionals in the intellectual property industry in various countries, including practicing lawyers and patent and trademark agents, in-house legal consultants, researchers from universities and research institutions and the judges of the court. In addition, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the word's five largest intellectual property offices (the State Intellectual Property Office of China, the European Patent Office, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Japanese Patent Office, and the Korean Intellectual Property Office) and multinational government departments of intellectual property will also send participants, give a speech to introduce the latest intellectual property policies of the country and region, and show their progress and achievements. At present, the conference has become one of the most influential international events in the field of intellectual property with the largest number of participants, the widest range of participating countries and regions. With the approval of the State Council, Hangzhou successfully bid for the 2020 conference in 2012. This will be the first time that the association has held this conference in China since it established for 120 years. It is expected that the number of foreign participants will exceed 1,500. Hangzhou will go all out to do all the preparations and service guarantees for the next year's conference, strive to turn the conference into a high-standard, professional, world-influence event, and strive to present as many Chinese elements and Hangzhou culture as possible at the "Hangzhou AIPPI".
(Published on 05/11 2020 Source: Business Daily)