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A government minister is leading the first ever trip to China focusing on intellectual property, to help UK businesses feel more confident about exporting to China.

Intellectual Property Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe is leading the five-day trip with some of the UK’s biggest companies.

The visit began yesterday with a symposium in Beijing where she announced the UK and China will work together on global patent reform and making IP systems more efficient for users.

It forms part of the government’s ambitious target of doubling UK exports to £1 trillion by 2020, and within this to double UK exports to China from their 2010 level to £18bn.

It is hoped the visit will mean UK business will feel more confident exporting their IP to China and better understand where they should turn to for help and advice, while the UK aims to continue building a close and productive relationship with the Chinese government on IP issues.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe said: “There is huge potential for British firms to do business with China, generating new jobs and economic growth in both countries.”