How to keep a (trade) secret in China

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This week the China IPR SME Helpdesk organised two workshops, in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, on using trade secrets to protect intellectual property (IP). Trade secrets can be a viable alternative to the use of patents, with their own specific set of benefits. You do however need to know how to keep a trade secret…a secret. Ms. Beata Suwala, IP expert …

CNY 1.12 trillion: total sales of Chinese pharmaceutical distribution industry

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According to the statistics from the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM), total sales of Chinese pharmaceutical distribution industry reached CNY 1.12 trillion. The figure is 18.5 percent higher than in 2011, but actually in 2011 the year-on-year was even higher: 23 percent. The income of 848 businesses monitored by the ministry increased 20 percent year-on-year to 794.2 billion yuan in 2012, …

New Education Plan: 10 billion RMB investment in 100 local universities in Midwest China

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The Ministry of Education, the National Development and Reform Commission and the Ministry of Finance of China jointly issued a new Midwest Higher Education Revitalization Plan (2012-2020) on May 22, 2013. The website of the Ministry of Education indicated that the Plan aims to achieve that in 2020 Higher Education in Midwest China will become more comprehensive and significantly improve …

DSM wins Human Nutrition Innovation Award

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DSM China Ltd. has won the first ‘Nutrition Innovation Gold Award’ issued by the Chinese Nutrition Society (CNS). This award is granted to DSM in recognition of its outstanding contribution to nutritional science by constantly enhancing and improving human nutrition and the strong support it offers to the academic community in product development and applications. DSM was also acknowledged for …

Dutch royal coin in orbit around earth!

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At 12:13PM (Chinese time) today Dutch company ISIS (Innovative Solutions In Space) launched three CubeSats along with a very special payload into orbit on a Chinese Long March 2D launch vehicle. The three small satellites were launched in a launch adapter developed by ISIS, called ISIPOD. The ISIPOD “piggybacked” on the launch of a Chinese high resolution earth observation satellite, …

Mars One recruits in China

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Today on April 26, the founders of the Mars One Project officially launched their search in Asia for the first human settlers of Mars. At the Asia press conference held in Shanghai, the founders of the Mars One Project updated the press on the progress of the project. Since the announcement of the selection programme earlier this week in New …

Dutch career event at Fudan University in Shanghai

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Today on 25 April, Consul General Peter Potman opened the ‘Dutch Career Day’ event at Fudan University, Shanghai. Mr. Peter Potman praised in his opening remark the various collaboration initiatives between Fudan University and The Netherlands: “The double degree programme of Groningen University and Fudan University is a great example of the many interactions between the university and The Netherlands.” …

China’s “Mid and Long Term Outline for Large Science Facilities Development(2012-2030)” published

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  China announced its “Mid and Long Term Outline for Large Science Facilities Development (2012-2030)” last week. This is China’s first systematic strategy paper ever published for national science infrastructure deployment and development. The Outline listed detailed science facility development plans for the next 20 years in seven key and strategic fields: energy, life sciences, earth system and environment sciences, …

Chinese general aviation maker to expand abroad

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China Aviation Industry General Aircraft (Caiga) acquired leading general aircraft maker Cirrus Aircraft in the United States in 2011. Caiga is an unit of state-owned China Aviation Industry Corp (Avic), the country’s largest aircraft maker. The acquisition of Cirrus was the first made by China’s aviation industry in the US aircraft manufacturing sector. The take-over by China Aviation Industry General …

China plans to build 100 new humanities and social science key research bases

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The Chinese Ministry of Education (MOE) recently announced the 2013 development plan of the key humanities and social sciences research bases. Between 2012 and 2015, MOE plans on building 100 key research bases and 20 social science laboratories on themes like economics, society, politics, diplomatic relations, law and national defense. To implement the “Action Plan for Education in the 21st …