Tom Duke has been the UK’s intellectual property attaché to China since December 2011, based in the British Embassy Beijing. Tom is part of the UK Intellectual Property Office’s international IP attaché network, which includes attaché postings to India, Brazil and South East Asia.
IP attachés help to build relations with the governments of host countries to understand and actively engage with IP policy makers. The network has significantly increased the level of support available for UK businesses operating within these important markets.
Tom works alongside the Department for International Trade (DIT), the British diplomatic network, and UK and EU-level industry associations and projects to ensure that UK stakeholder IP concerns are addressed and smoothly integrated into bilateral policy discussions.
Prior to joining the embassy, Tom was Director responsible for the IP Centre at the EU Chamber of Commerce in Seoul, South Korea. In Korea, Tom designed and implemented government engagement programmes on IP on behalf of European companies, and launched projects to enhance regional cooperation on IP enforcement.
Tom has lived and worked in the region for twelve years and speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese and Korean.