This page shows the relationship of ACID to China IP-related issues and networking.



CBBC's mission is to help UK companies of all sizes and sectors, whether new entrants or established operations, access the full potential of the fastest growing market in the world. 

CBBC deliver a range of practical services, including: advice and consultancy, market research, event management, an overseas market introduction service, trade missions and exhibitions, and setting up rep offices. They have 10 UK offices and 13 offices across key locations in China. This in-country network provides invaluable local insight, access, and knowledge. It is also the basis of ther Launchpad® and Hotdesk services.  As a partner of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) they deliver its business-to-business services in China.

Whilst use of CBBC's services is open to all British registered companies on a pay-as you-go basis, they are also a membership organisation with some 900 British company and individual members. For companies serious about developing business in China, CBBC membership provides a cost-effective route to ongoing support, networking, and exclusive services. CBBC corporate members also benefit from reciprocal membership of the Beijing based British Chamber of Commerce in China (Britcham), including access to more than 100 events per year in Beijing and a stronger membership network.

In 2010/11 CBBC handled 5330 enquiries; organised and participated in 400 events across the UK and China, including hosting 92 Chinese inward delegations in the UK; delivered 199 OMIS reports and 10 large research projects; increased circulation of CBBC's magazine to 6000 copies per month. 

The China IPR SME Helpdesk supports European Union (EU) small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to both protect and enforce their Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in or relating to China, through the provision of free information and services. These take the form of jargon-free, first-line, confidential advice on intellectual property and related issues, plus training, materials and online resources. 

The China IPR SME Helpdesk project is funded by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry under the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and builds on the achievements of a pilot project carried out in 2008-10. The current project runs from December 2010 – December 2013, and comprises a total budget of EUR 3,000,000 over the three year period. 

The Helpdesk's free services for European SMEs include:

Helpdesk Enquiry Service – Confidential Advice
Individual SMEs and SME intermediaries can submit IPR enquiries directly to the Helpdesk via phone, email or in person, getting access to a panel of experts to receive free and confidential first-line advice.


The Helpdesk arranges training on China IPR protection and enforcement in Europe and China, tailored to the needs of SMEs:

  • General IPR issues, including IP registration and establishing an IP protection strategy.
  • Practical business challenges such as choosing a Chinese business partner, attending a trade fair, licensing.
  • Helpdesk IPR Clinics offering SMEs free 20 minute one-on-one consultations with an IP expert are available at many training events.
  • Train-the-trainer resources for SME service providers and intermediary bodies to improve the awareness of intermediary representatives about the scope and tools offered by the China IPR SME Helpdesk.


Industry and business-focused guides and training materials address China IPR issues by:

  • IP topic, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, licensing, dealing with counterfeiting.
  • Business focus, including IP as a business asset, technology transfer, finding the right lawyer.
  • Industry, including textiles, medical devices, ceramics.

Online Services

The multi-lingual online portal provides easy access for all EU SMEs to Helpdesk information and services, including Helpdesk guides, E-learning modules, event information, and live webinars.