FICPI was pleased to participate virtually in the China Trademark Association (CTA) Trademark Festival held this month.

FICPI President, Julian Crump, recorded a video message in Chinese which was played to in-person delegates in the Convention Centre during the plenary session. FICPI was the only non-Chinese organisation to send their video message in Chinese.

China Trademark Association (CTA) holds its “China Trademark Festival” every year. The CTA’s China Trademark Festival was listed in the 13th Five Year Plan for National Intellectual Property Protection of Utilization as one of the most important events to raise awareness of IP by the State Council of China and it is the biggest trademark event in China.

This year CTA Trademark Festival was held in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province from December 4th-7th 2020. It was the Association’s 12th Festival, with the theme of “Exploring the Essence of Trademarks and Building up the Future of Brands”.

There were around 1,000 registrants which is lower than normal years (due to the pandemic). The Festival included an exhibition and the seminar element. The Exhibition part included product areas and service areas. The products area mainly exhibited the GI (Geographical Indication) products from all over China and the booths for IP-related service providers, including quite a few foreign IP firms were in the service area. 

FICPI visited CTA in Beijing twice: in 2017 and 2019, during its Asian tour and the two associations have built up a good relationship. CTA invited FICPI to attend its Trademark Festival this year but FICPI could not make the tour due to the Pandemic; so instead the President of FICPI, Julian Crump, sent a video to CTA in which Julian not only extended the greeting and wishes in Chinese but also introduced FICPI to the members of CTA. 

CTA appreciated FICPI’s video very much and broadcast part of it at its welcome party and opening ceremony while the whole video was played on the screen at the event venue during the whole Festival. 

FICPI’s view and involvement 

The FICPI community is built on trusted, global relationships and meetings such as this bring insights and counsel from a wider external perspective and discussions founded over common goals and a commitment to quality. 

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