The Chinese Overseas Intellectual Property Dispute Response Guidance Center has appointed Colm Ahern, Partner at ELZABURU, Enrique Armijo-Chávarri, Partner at ELZABURU, and Manuel Desantes, Professor of the University of Alicante (Spain), member Of Counsel at ELZABURU, and former Vice-President of the European Patent Office (2001-2008) as one of his thirty -five non-Chinese experts.

The nomination took place on December 12, 2019 under the principles of public solicitation, independent application, and merit selection. The center has two main tasks: to guide and serve Chinese enterprises in safeguarding their IP rights overseas; and to help them better understand and respect the IP systems and rules of overseas jurisdictions. The new center will focus on constructing information collection and distribution channels of overseas IP disputes at the national level, and establishing a guidance and coordination mechanism for handling overseas IP disputes for Chinese enterprises.