New Patent and Copyright Laws – What the changes mean for SMEs.

Join us on 24 June 2021 for our online & offline seminar on new Copyright and Patent Laws in China.

Event description

The new Copyright and Patent Laws entered into force on 1 June 2021. Both the copyright and the patent law underwent major and important changes introducing new concepts such as the patent linkage system and the open license system or the possibility of reversal of the burden of proof as well as increasing damages for infringements. To develop a comprehensive IP strategy for China’s market, enterprises should have a good understanding of the recent changes.    

The German Centres in China in Beijing, Shanghai and Taicang and the China IP SME Helpdesk jointly organise this online-offline seminar to provide an overview of the main changes and what companies should know when operating in China’s market.   

During this webinar, Mr. Charles Feng, the Partner of East & Concord, and Mr. Matias Zubimendi, the IP Business Advisor at China IP SME Helpdesk, will discuss the main changes of the Copyright and Patent Law in practical terms.

The training seminar will conclude in a Q&A session.

Event details

  • Event type: Onsite & online
  • Venue: German Centre meeting rooms in Beijing and Shanghai and Zoom platform
  • Date: 24 June 2021
  • Time: 12:00 -13:30h (China time)
  • Language: English


  • 11:30 - 12:00: Registration and lunch buffet
  • 12:00 - 12:05: Welcoming address by Christian Sommer, CEO & Chairman of German Centre Shanghai
  • 12:05 - 12:10: Introduction of China IP SME Helpdesk services by Ms. Helika Juergenson
  • 12:10 - 12:40: Presentation on the changes in the Patent Law by Mr. Matias Zubimendi
  • 12:40 - 13:10: Presentation on the changes in the Copyright Law by Mr. Charles Feng
  • 13:10 - 13:30: Q&A Session and closing remarks by Jochen Tenhagen, Managing Director of German Centre Beijing


  • To register please use the registration link on our website or send an email to events@germancentre.cn.
  • Online participants will receive a Zoom Access link via e-mail on 23 June one day before the seminar.


Mr. Charles Feng, East & Concord Partners. 

Mr. Feng was educated in top level law schools in the US and China. He is an IP specialist with substantial experience on intellectual property and anti-trust law in the past 15 years, focusing on IP litigation, IP transaction as well as patent and trademark portfolio management.

Mr. Feng has represented a number of foreign clients from EU, the US and Japan at various levels of courts as well as enforcement agencies in China. He has been in the forefront of the law, being experienced in addressing clients' commercial needs in the areas of IP litigation and arbitration, including copyright, trademark, patent, and domain names, unfair competition, trade secrets and other dispute cases. In addition to his work in the courtrooms, he has been involved in IP transactional work, including the drafting, negotiation and enforcement of IP assignment or licensing agreements. Mr. Feng is also experienced in dealing with anti-trust law matters, particularly those relating to intersection of intellectual property law and antitrust law. The design patent infringement case handled by Mr. Feng has been listed as No. 1 of 50 exemplary cases by Supreme People’s Court of China in 2013.

Mr. Feng is currently the Vice Director of Copyright Society of China, Vice Director General of China Associ­ation of Geographic Indication Industry, a Standing Committee Member of China Intellectual Property Law Associ­ation as well as a member of American Bar Associ­ation, China Bar Associ­ation and INTA.


Mr. Matias Zubimendi, the IP Business Advisor at China IP SME Helpdesk

Mr. Matias Zubimendi is the IP Business Advisor at China IP SME Helpdesk, where he advises European SMEs on intellectual property rights matters. Mr. Zubimendi holds a Master’s degree in Chinese Civil and Commercial Law from Peking University as well as a Master’s degree in Intellectual Property Law from Austral University in cooperation with the World Intellectual Property Organisation. Mr. Zubimendi has a strong back­ground in both business development and intellectual property rights protection, having previously worked as a China Business and Legal Consultant at Terragene, where he focused on business development and as a Director of Legal Affairs at Conquer Europe. Previously, he has also worked as a Patent and Trademark Attorney at Phoebus Abogados and Mazzeo & Canet, where he represented SMEs as well as Fortune 500 companies.

Mr. Zubimendi has given lectures at various conferences including the Ibero-American Conference on Chinese Studies and published several articles including The legal protection of intangibles in the video games industry. As a Professor Assistant, he has also given lectures on Commercial Law and Procedural law, while focusing on Copyright and AI in his research. Mr. Zubimendi is a native Spanish speaker fluent in English.


About the China IPR SME Helpdesk

The China IP SME Helpdesk supports European Union (EU) Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to both protect and enforce their Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in or relating to Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan through the provision of free information and services. These take the form of jargon-free, first-line, confidential advice on intellectual property and related issues, plus training, materials and online resources.

The China IP SME Helpdesk project is funded by the European Union and builds on the achievements of a pilot project carried out in 2008-10, the subsequent Phase II in 2010-2013 and Phase III in 2014. Phase IV ran from January 2015 to June 2018. As of September 2018 Phase V commenced expanding China IP SME Helpdesk’s services also to the SMEs from COSME countries.

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