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In 2016, the U.S. Department of Commerce and China’s Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) co-hosted 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.  The 2016 Legal Exchange covered:

● Recent developments in Chinese IPR Laws

● Patent and Copyright Laws

● Judicial Reform & IP Courts

● E-commerce and IPR

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

Conference Program

To view the program for the Legal Exchange at Stanford Law School, please click here.

To view the program for the Legal Exchange at the USPTO, please click here.

Presentations

To view the U.S. and Chinese speakers’ presentations, please click on the names below. Note: Not all of the U.S. speakers used slides for their presentation.

Mr. Jin Wuwei, Deputy Director General, Department of Education, Science, Culture and Public Health, State Council Legislative Affairs Office (Stanford & USPTO)

Judge Wang Chuang, Deputy Chief Judge, IPR Tribunal, Supreme People’s Court of China (Stanford & USPTO)

Mr. Chen Fuli, Deputy Director General, Department of Treaty & Law, China’s Ministry of Commerce (Stanford & USPTO)

Mr. Zhang Peng, Deputy Director, IPR Division, Department of Economic Crime Investigation, China’s Ministry of Public Security (Stanford & USPTO)

Dr. Mei Gechlik, Founder and Director, China Guiding Cases Project, Stanford Law School (Stanford)

Yabo Lin, Partner, Sidley Austin (Stanford)

Emilio Varanini, Deputy Attorney General, Antitrust Section, California Office of the Attorney General (Stanford)

Christopher Merriam, Deputy Chief for Intellectual Property, Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section, U.S. Department of Justice (USPTO)

Joseph Simone, Director, SIPS Asia (USPTO)

Mark Cohen, Senior Counsel, United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)

Duncan Willson, Attorney Advisor, United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)

Howard Hogan, Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher (USPTO)

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.

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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