Luca Grandi - SLI participant in 2011

"... never fail to discover a country and meet new people... especially in China..."

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I decided to apply for the Summer Law Institute in China 2011, when I was still abroad running my Erasmus Program. The wish to get to know a new culture and to attend two very important courses, IP and Environmental Protection, strongly supported me in the choice. Yet I didn’t know what it would have brought to me, I mean a consecutive series of fruitful experiences.

The program was intensive and well-structured. Considering the short time and the extent of the topics, it gave me a very good overview of the same.  Moreover I had the opportunity to meet some experts -from public and private companies- working in China at the time, and, among them, the head of the Italian IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) Desk.

On the flight back to Italy, I realized that the Summer Law Institute in China had been just a little taste of that amazing country. Actually, seven months later I was there again, for a six-month internship at the IPR Desk in Beijing. This time I could practice my skills and see how Italian companies operate abroad.

Unfortunately the stage ended one month before its expected time, but I was able to find soon a second internship, at the Unicredit Office in Beijing for a three-month period. This way, I could experience the dynamism of that country, the power of its inter-connections, ‘Guānxì 关系’, as Chinese call a major aspect of their culture.

My personal advice is: “never fail to discover a country and meet new people”, and this is especially true for China.

From facing an early come back, I got the chance to carry on my Chinese experience in another sector.

Just one week before my return I was contacted by the Italian Legal Department -mainly focused on intellectual property rights- of a famous fashion company in northern Italy. This is where I’m currently employed, dealing with China daily. Definitely, I wouldn’t be working here today, if I hadn’t applied for the Summer Law Institute.  

                                                                                                                                                              April 2013

 

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Ho deciso di fare domanda per il Summer Law Institute in China 2011, mentre ero ancora all’estero durante il mio programma Erasmus. Il desiderio di conoscere una nuova cultura e seguire due importanti corsi, sulla proprietà intellettuale e la protezione ambientale, mi ha fortemente portato a prendere tale decisione. Tuttavia, non sapevo ancora a quale concatenata serie di proficue esperienze mi avrebbe condotto.

Il programma, intensivo e ben strutturato, è stato in grado di darmi un’ottima visione d’insieme degli argomenti trattati, considerando la vastità degli stessi ed il poco tempo a disposizione. Ho avuto inoltre la possibilità di incontrare alcuni esperti in materia, che lavoravano in Cina – sia nel settore pubblico, che in quello privato - fra i quali il responsabile dell’Ufficio Italiano per l’anticontraffazione.

Sul volo di ritorno per l’Italia pensavo che il Summer Law Institute in Cina fosse stata solo un primo piccolo assaggio di questo incredibile paese. Ed infatti, 7 mesi più tardi, sono tornato per un tirocinio semestrale all’ufficio anticontraffazione di Pechino. Questa occasione mi ha permesso di mettere in pratica le mie conoscenze e analizzare come le aziende italiane operano all’estero.

Sfortunatamente lo stage è terminato con un mese d’anticipo, ma sono riuscito a trovare un secondo tirocinio, all’Ufficio dell’Unicredit di Pechino per un periodo di tre mesi.  Proprio questo imprevisto, mi ha permesso di sperimentare la dinamicità di questo paese ed il suo potere nel saper fare rete/relazioni, ‘Guānxì 关系’, uno dei principi della cultura cinese.

Il mio consiglio personale è: “non rinunciare mai a scoprire un paese e conoscere nuove persone”, specialmente in Cina.

Dal far fronte ad un ritorno anticipato, ho avuto quindi la possibilità di continuare la mia esperienza cinese in un altro settore.

Circa una settimana prima del mio ritorno in Italia, sono stato contattato dal dipartimento legale italiano – che si occupa principalmente di proprietà intellettuale -  di una famosa azienda di moda del nord Italia, dove lavoro tuttora ed in cui ho quotidianamente a che fare con la Cina.

Sicuramente, non sarei a lavorare qui oggi, se non avessi fatto domanda per il Summer Law Institute.                                                                                                                                    

Aprile 2013

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