Interview: The best way to work with China
Conrad Wong, the IP rights officer at the United States Consulate General in Guangzhou, leaves his post this month after five years. He explains the most effective ways of working with the Chinese government
Managing IP: What are the responsibilities of an IP rights officer?
Conrad Wong: The role of the US IP rights officers varies depending
on location. There is one officer in Beijing and I am in Guangzhou, and a
third will be added in Shanghai in October. When you're in Beijing, you
deal mostly with the central Chinese government and with policy-related
issues. In Guangzhou, we're dealing with provincial governments, such
as Guangdong and Sichuan, and municipal governments, like Shenzhen and
Chongqing. We also deal regularly with rights holders and talk to the
On any given day, I might be meeting with provincial government
officials, or receiving a commercial complaint that needs to be
addressed to a municipal government. We may be meeting with a US rights
holder who is coming out to China. We also have outreach programmes with
universities, consumers, and frankly, future leaders.
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