Think China, Crayfish@CTW23, IP and City of London

Summary :

  • Lord Mayor of London to lead City’s visit to China
  • Crayfish in action at the inaugural Cambridge Tech Week 
  • Protecting your Intellectual Property in China: What you need to know
  • Exclusive in person briefing on safeguarding your IP

HOT TOPIC – Lord Mayor of London to lead City’s first post-COVID trip to China

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The Lord Mayor of London, Nicholas Lyons, is to lead the first City delegation to China since the Covid pandemic, even as tensions remain in Westminster about Britain’s relations with the world’s second-largest economy,  as reported by Sky News.

The trip – the first of its kind since 2019 – will come amid stuttering trading ties between the UK and China after a period in which the two governments’ relationship has cooled considerably. Frostier relations between the two countries partly explains the suspension of the annual UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue in recent years. City executives have expressed hope that it could be reinstated this year, Sky News reported.

A City of London Corporation spokesperson was quoted as saying: “The City Corporation engages with all key international markets including China. This visit will be crucial in driving forward our climate action goals and supporting the global economy with the transition to net-zero. As the world’s largest producer of carbon emissions, any discussion on climate change must include China.”

The news came a month after the Lord Mayor of the City of London called for unity and resolve in tackling climate change and urged that any conversation on the global transition to net-zero must include China, the world’s second largest economy and biggest producer of carbon emissions.

Speaking to a group of top-level diplomats at the annual Easter Banquet alongside the Foreign Secretary, James Cleverly, the Lord Mayor commended the City for being at the forefront of developing green finance solutions that will help countries meet their climate commitments and highlighted the Net-Zero Delivery Summit on 24 May. The summit will look to turn the commitments made by the global financial sector at COP27 into action ahead of COP28.


Crayfish in Action at the inaugural Cambridge Tech Week

The inaugural Cambridge Tech Week 2023  from 9th to 12th May brought knowledge, insight and experience together to fuel innovation and foster connections to change how we do things. Crayfish took an active role as a sponsor and exhibitor and we are very proud to have been a part of the success of the Cambridge Tech Week 2023.

From insightful conversations to thought-provoking panels, CTW23 has really showcased  a vigorous ecosystem of  technological innovation,  a dynamic community that is thriving in Cambridge.  We are looking forward to the follow-ups that build on the momentum.

Read more about our experiences at #ctw23 and the short speech by our CEO Ting Zhang, read here.

NEW BLOG  – Protecting your Intellectual Property in China: What you need to know

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In advance of #CTW23 last week we released a new blog on what you need to know about protecting your IP in China.

Should concerns over the protection of Intellectual Property (IP) rights hold you back from doing business in China? What are the main worries? How can Western companies, particularly SME and start-ups, overcome the IP hurdles and succeed in China? What can be done to mitigate IP risks in China?

Intellectual Property theft is a serious concern in many countries, including China, which has been accused of IP theft for years. But things have been changing over the last 20 years – laws amended, enforcement toughened, regulations improved, measures taken to combat IP infringement – to encourage innovation through better IP regimes. But should Western companies still be worried?  Is it time to think about IP in China differently?

Click here to read the full blog on our website Insight page as we share our thoughts and offer a helping hand.

CHINA EVENT- Exclusive in person briefing on safeguarding your IP 

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We are pleased to invite businesses from Cambridge and the wider region to join us on Wednesday 24/05 for an in-person briefing on the latest developments in China’s IP sector, and strategies to safeguard and commercialise your innovations.

Who should attend

  • Entrepreneurs and IP team from tech startups and scaleups
  • Licensing professionals from large UK plcs interested in increasing their licensing activities in China
  • TTO professionals from UK Universities

Join us

Places are limited so please register your interest as soon as possible via emailing us

For those unable to join in person, we can offer virtual attendance to the presentations.