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In 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce and China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) will co-host the 20th U.S.-China Legal Exchange at Stanford Law School on February 29 and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Global Intellectual Property Academy on March 2. The Legal Exchange is a unique forum that allows the U.S. business, legal, and academic communities across the country to hear directly from Chinese officials about new and important developments in China’s commercial legal and regulatory landscape. 

Join us for the presentations and panel discussions on cutting edge issues in IPR in China by senior Chinese government officials—including officials from MOFCOM, the Supreme People’s Court, and the State Council’s Legislation Affairs Office—and U.S. government officials, academics, and private sector experts. Assistant Minister of Commerce Tong Daochi will lead the Chinese delegation, and the Commerce Department’s General Counsel Kelly R. Welsh will lead for the United States. The agenda will cover:

● Recent developments in Chinese IPR Laws

o Patent and Copyright Laws

o Judicial Reform & IP Courts

● E-commerce and IPR

o Cross-border Enforcement of IPR in the Internet Environment (Extraterritoriality Issues)

U.S. company representatives, lawyers, academics, local and state government officials, students, and other interested persons are invited. The audience will have direct access to insights of top Chinese government officials and have opportunities to ask questions.

History of the Legal Exchange

Under the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) Commercial Law Working Group, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of General Counsel leads engagement with China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) to promote understanding and cooperation on issues related to commercial rule of law.

Since the mid-1980’s, the Commerce General Counsel and China’s Vice Minister of Commerce have co-led the U.S.-China Legal Exchange, a public exchange on recent developments in commercial law. This meeting has taken place almost every year since then and continues to be an important means to build bilateral understanding of legal topics relevant to business in each country.

Registration

To register for the Legal Exchange at Stanford Law School, please go to https://law.stanford.edu/event/20th-u-s-china-legal-exchange-2/

To register for the Legal Exchange at the USPTO Global IP Academy, please click here.

Agenda

To view the draft agenda for the Legal Exchange at Stanford Law School, please go to https://law.stanford.edu/event/20th-u-s-china-legal-exchange-2/

To view the draft agenda for the Legal Exchange at the USPTO Global IP Academy, please click here.

Point of Contact

Samantha Yoon

Attorney-Advisor

U.S. Department of Commerce

Office of General Counsel

syoon@doc.gov

(202) 482-0937


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