The China Intellectual Property Management Network (CIPnet) Launch Event was virtually hosted on December 11, 2020 by Southwest University in Chongqing, China. The Launch Event included a presentation of the China Intellectual Property Management Network and its activities, and was followed by the conference “Managing IP at Universities. From IP Awareness Building to Commercialization of Research Results”. Presentations were delivered both by the CIPnet project partners and invited guests and structured into the following panel sessions: IP awareness building at universities; IP management at medical sector; Specifics of commercialization of research results. The event was attended by more than 80 managers, directors, leaders of TTOs, persons involved in commercialization and management of IP at Chinese universities.

The University of Alicante was represented by Léa Montesse, IP expert, that participated in the panel: Specifics of the commercialization of research results with the presentation “IP Management in Collaborative Research Projects – an Overview of Good Practice” and by Noelia López, OGPI senior project manager that presented the Needs Analysis & Benchmarking activities conducted in the framework of the project.

Previous to the Launch Event, project partners held an on-line project coordination meeting to review project progress and plan the project activities to be undertaken in the upcoming months. The aim of the CIPnet project is to promote the modernisation and harmonisation of Intellectual Property Management practices in the higher education system in China, with a view to enhance university-industry collaborations and contribute to economic and social development.