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Kevin Kercher goes to China to discuss technology transfer

June 9, 2017

Thompson Coburn Partner Kevin Kercher recently gave two presentations at major conferences during a nine-day swing through China.

Kevin began his trip in Shanghai at the 5th China International Technology Fair, where he discussed technology transfer and intellectual property considerations.  

“It was an amazing event with hundreds of people that was videotaped and translated into numerous languages,” said Kevin. The event was sponsored by the United Nations International Development Organization.

Kevin then traveled to Suzhou, a city of 10 million people in eastern China, and met with Ecovacs Robotics, a developer of in-home robotic appliances.

Kevin said, "Ecovacs is an extremely impressive company that manufactures very sophisticated robots used in cleaning floors, solar cells and windows. The tour of the robotics museum was an unforgettable experience."

From there, Kevin traveled to Nanjing on the lower Yangtze River and attended the 2017 Global Investment Forum. Kevin served on a panel discussion on how intellectual property can be used to transfer technology and promote investment across borders. 

“There is a strong interest in being able to effectively transfer technology from educational and research institutions to manufacturing facilities,” Kevin stated. 

Overall, Kevin said he had an excellent experience and was able to meet outstanding Chinese business people with a strong interest in technical transfer and investment.