"Until now, the focus for both sides has been on persuading Chinese companies to pay to license technology developed in the U.S. or Europe, but as the Chinese develop an increasing body of intellectual property of their own, they are starting to take an interest in licensing that to Western companies. "Chinese people are also creative and developing things. Patents are being registered there," said Hartmann. "We are talking with quite big Chinese companies to evaluate their patents and license them," he said. Over at the China IPR Desk, team member Wang Xuming also sees signs that the tables might one day be turned. "Chinese companies are very interested in whether we offer the service for Chinese rights holders," he said."