RatnerPrestia Hosts Intellectual Property in China Conference
By Jonathan H. Spadt
Berwyn, PA, October 2010 - An international conference on Intellectual Property Law in China was held today at the Berwyn offices of RatnerPrestia.  Presentations by a number of Chinese and European attorneys and RatnerPrestia attorney Jonathan Spadt addressed topics including IP enforcement and U.S. litigation discovery in China, trade secret law, employment agreements and other technology-based contracts, and patent and trademark prosecution and enforcement in China, as well as the Cross Straight agreement and the Taiwanese influence on Chinese IP development.  Mr. Spadt and Matthias Stolmár of Stolmár Scheele & Partner, Munich, Germany, provided U.S. and European perspectives on IP in China.  Mr. Spadt also spoke on avoiding U.S. patent infringement liability when imported products from China are in a company’s supply chain.  Question and answer sessions and panel discussions on these and other topics followed the formal presentations.
Five different Chinese law and IP firms participated in the conference.  Their participation included presentations by James Zhu and Zoe Wang of Jun He Law Offices in Shanghai, Qinghong XU of Lung Tin International Intellectual Property Agent Ltd., Beijing, Daisy Wang of Lee and Li, Taipei, Taiwan, Christopher Shaowei of NTD Patent and Trademark Agency Limited, Beijing, and Crystal Gao of China Patent Agent Ltd., Hong Kong.
RatnerPrestia organized and sponsored the program which was attended by IP professionals from U.S. and international corporations, including SAP Software, Siemens, STMicroelectronics, Renesas Electronics Corporation, The Dow Chemical Company, Johnson & Johnson, Air Products and Chemicals, W.L. Gore, Crayola, FMC, Shire Pharmaceuticals, Johnson Matthey, Cray Valley, Süd Chemie, LyondellBasell, and others. 
RatnerPrestia, one of the leading IP law firms in the U.S., has been dedicated to intellectual property law and committed to quality service for its clients since its founding in 1981.  RatnerPrestia has offices in Valley Forge and Allentown, PA as well as a Trademark Center based in its Wilmington, DE office.  With attorneys fluent in Chinese and German, and with regular visits to Europe, China, Japan and Korea annually, it has teams in place to handle all aspects of any IP problem in any part of the world.  Its skilled staff of attorneys and patent agents represent companies, universities and research institutions located around the world, covering a complete range of technologies.  For additional information, please visit www.ratnerprestia.com or call COO Barbara Foley.

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