The 2019 World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) China Summer School program held at ECUPL was successfully concluded after two weeks of intensive learning and exchange activities. Professor Ye Qing, the President of ECUPL, attended and spoke at the closing ceremony in the Jiaoyi Building on Changning Campus on September 27. Some faculty members, including the Party Secretary of the School of Intellectual Property Hu Ye, the Deputy Director of the International Exchange Center Ma Le, Associate Professor Chu Xiang, He Jiong, Ruan Kaixin and Li Xiaofu, and more than 60 students from China and abroad also attended the closing ceremony. Professor Huang Wushuang, the Dean of the School of Intellectual Property, presided over the closing ceremony.
In his speech, Ye Qing congratulated the Chinese and international students on their completion of all Summer School courses, and thanked the experts, teachers and people who worked at the Summer School. In the past two weeks, the school has provided more than 30 topic-based lectures, fieldtrips, case studies, group discussions and other learning activities for the students to understand the general functions of WIPO, to learn about the current situation of the administration and judicial protection of intellectual property (IP) in China, and to acquire an all-round and in-depth knowledge concerning patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, resolving disputes and so on in the field of IP in China. The program has broadened the students' horizons, increased their knowledge, enhanced communication and friendship among students from various countries, and has produced extremely desirable results. Ye Qing pointed out that IP is the driving force for innovation and development, and now China pays unprecedented attention to IP protection. In China's critical period of the development of IP, Shanghai, as a forerunner in China's reform and opening up, is promoting systematic and practical innovation in the management and protection of IP, and making unremitting efforts to build Shanghai into the IP center of the Asia-Pacific region. Ye Qing continued that ECUPL must seize this historical opportunity, give full play to its geographical and human resource advantages, strive to build a high-level IP education and research base, and train IP professionals so as to make due contributions to the development of IP in China. Additionally, he expressed his hope to reflect on the experience of running the program, and to learn from other colleges and universities when the WIPO China Summer School program is regularly conducted at ECUPL, so as to make improvements and innovations and to find new ways to run the program even better.
Ms. Anastasia Skovpen, a foreign student representative from Russia, said in her speech that she was very pleased to have come to Shanghai and ECUPL in this golden autumn season. In the past two weeks, she and more than 50 students from different countries have studied together and exchanged ideas. With IP as their shared interest, everyone has not only acquired new knowledge but also become closer to one other. She is very happy to have made friends with people from around the world, and feels grateful for the learning and exchange platform offered by ECUPL. She also hopes to meet everyone again in the future.
Mr. Xie Hongxing, a staff member from The Clean Air Alliance of China (Beijing), said in his speech that he has worked as an engineer in the environmental field for more than 15 years. After systematic training in this summer school, he has obtained all-round knowledge about IP. Besides this, he also got to know English legal terms in courses conducted in English. Students from different countries presented the physical application and practice of IP laws in their own countries, which broadened their international vision and enhanced international exchanges and cooperation. Mr Xie hoped that ECUPL will be able to provide online courses on key and popular topics in the future, and to help Chinese and foreign IP professionals and students carry out deeper case analyses and discussions online. Finally, on behalf of all the trainees, he once again expressed his heartfelt thanks to WIPO and ECUPL, and to all the teachers, staff and student volunteers. He hoped that the summer school program will continue, and that it will promote the steady progress of China's IP.
Ye Qing presented graduation certificates to the students one by one, and then presented certificates of honor to outstanding student volunteers who worked hard, and took photos with everyone. In the warm applause of the guests, the 2019 WIPO China Summer School came to a happy end.
The WIPO China Summer School program has been held at ECUPL three times. ECUPL has practiced its development concept of being Open and International over the years, and will continue to deepen exchanges and cooperation with high-end IP management and service institutions at home and abroad to give full play to the social service function of colleges and universities. The leaders of ECUPL attach great importance to conducting this summer school program. Relevant departments and schools have cooperated fully and closely to guarantee that the resources needed were available, and carried out all the work during the preparation and implementation of the program in a solid and orderly manner. In the half-year preparation process, the School of Intellectual Property together with the International Exchange Center maintained good communications with the WIPO Academy, WIPO’s China office, the Shanghai Intellectual Property Administration and other agencies and institutions, and repeatedly discussed the curriculum scheme with them. Ruan Kaixin, and other young teachers whose efforts made the summer school possible, all earnestly helped with matters such as inviting more than 20 experts from the Intellectual Property Court of the Supreme People's Court, the State Trademark Bureau and other institutions to give lectures, recruiting Chinese and foreign students, meeting the invited experts, and rendering assistance to the students in their studies and lives, regardless of their own personal interests.