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Bilateral Relations with China

Switzerland and China have been engaged in bilateral dialogue on intellectual property since 2007. In addition, a bilateral free trade agreement containing a substantial chapter on intellectual property came into force in 2014.

 

The bilateral dialogue between Switzerland and China serves as a forum to discuss issues concerning intellectual property. It is based on a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Chinese Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM). In addition, there is an inter-office MoU between the IPI and the Chinese patent office (State Intellectual Property Office, SIPO) which forms the basis for cooperation between these two institutions in the area of patents and designs.

 

Industry roundtables also take within the context of the bilateral dialogue. They enable representatives from Swiss companies and trade associations to directly present their concerns to the responsible Chinese authorities.

 

Within the federal administration, the IPI is responsible for the bilateral dialogue and conducts this in collaboration with the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

 

A milestone in bilateral relations with China was the successful conclusion of a free trade agreement. This treaty has been in force since July 2014 and contains a comprehensive chapter on protecting intellectual property rights.