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AVOID IP PIRACY AND LOSS OF TECH AND TRADE SECRETS IN CHINA
China Expert To Discuss IP And Tech Transfer Issues In China

(HONOLULU, July 21, 2014) – Despite the appeal of the enormous China market, intellectual property (IP) owners and businesses are wary of doing business in/with China because of the risk of IP piracy and loss of technology and trade secrets. And while there have been modest improvements, 98 percent of companies say enforcement of intellectual property rights in China is still a major concern.

Loke-Khoon Tan, partner and head of Baker & McKenzie’s Intellectual Property Practice Group in Hong Kong and China, will provide some insights into how to manage these commercial expectations and to leverage on the good, bad and ugly of the Chinese IP system on Friday, August 1, from 3 to 5 pm, at the Sullivan Conference Center, University of Hawaii (UH) Cancer Center at 701 Ilalo Street.

The event is sponsored by Hawaii Business and Entrepreneur Acceleration Mentors (HiBEAM), UH Cancer Center and UH System Office of the Vice President of Research and Innovation.

Fee is $25. To register, go to http://ipttchina.eventbrite.com

About Loke-Khoon Tan: Tan, partner and head of Baker & McKenzie’s Intellectual Property Practice Group in Hong Kong and China, is a member of the IP Global Steering Committee and heads the Asia Pacific Region IP Group. Tan’s practice focuses on intellectual property law in the People’s Republic of China, with particular emphasis on the structuring of intellectual property rights and anti-counterfeiting planning in the area of trademarks, patents, copyright, trade names, computer software, passing-off, unfair competition, designs, labeling laws, food, drug and health regulations, consumer, media and advertising laws. With the new economy, his practice also encompasses domain name, Internet, social media and technology law.

About HiBEAM: HiBEAM was founded in 2000 to help build new technology, biotechnology and life sciences companies by providing them with expert professional advice and access to funding sources. Since then, the HiBEAM portfolio companies have raised over $100 million in equity funding.