Asia IP & Technology Law Project

The Asia IP & Technology Law Project of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology offers a unique forum for Asian and American companies, law firms, academics, trade associations, and government officials to learn about developments in IP law on both sides of the Pacific, exchange views, and develop deeper knowledge on issues of common concern. Its workshops, conferences, luncheons, and other events bring data-driven insight into the complex IP landscape in China and other Asian venues.

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China Law, Trade and IP 2020


Intellectual property law in China is undergoing rapid change, with profound implications for the global tech industry. The Asia IP and Technology Law Project presents this series of seven webinars beginning May 27. Leading experts from China and the U.S. will cover developments in Chinese law on important topics including patentability, pharmaceutical IP, trade secrets law and enforcement, licensing and antitrust, and copyright.  In addition to CLE credit, individuals who attend 6 out of 7 webinar sessions will receive a certificate in Chinese IP law from the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.

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Who Will Benefit from This Series

This series is intended for in-house counsel and law firm attorneys representing tech companies concerned about protecting their IP in China. Whether you have been doing trans-Pacific work for a long time, or are newly focused on trying to understand the Chinese legal landscape, this series will get you up to speed on key developments spurred by the trade wars and internal drivers of law reform in China.

Participate in Real Time or View the Series at Your Convenience

Each session in the series will be presented in real-time, with audience Q&A. In addition, a recording of each session will be made available to registrants. So if you subscribe to the series after it has begun, you can go back at your convenience and watch the recorded sessions.



$299.00 for entire series; $50.00 for individual sessions
Register here for the series
Apply here for the certificate

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China Law, Trade and IP 2020

April-May, 2020 

A webinar series on current legal developments in China, with a focus on tech, trade and IP.

May 20, 2020– Following the Data: What the Latest Research Says about China’s Legal and IP Environment

How should we understand data-driven Chinese legal policymaking, and how do these tools provide strategic insights?


  • Benjamin Liebman, Columbia University
  • Tobias Smith, UC Berkeley
  • Melissa Schneider, Darts IP
  • Robert Merges, UC Berkeley
  • Fei Deng, Charles River Associates
  • Ryan Manuel, Asia Global Institute 
  • Mark Cohen, BCLT (moderator)

Webinar recording

Book warming: May 13, 2020 – The Scientist and the Spy: A True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage

10:30 AM

The Asia IP and Technology Law Project was proud to host a virtual book warming event for Mara Hvistendahl’s: The Scientist and the Spy: A True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage.

Mara Hvistendahl is a Pulitizer Prize runner-up in non-fiction writing. In her new book, she chronicles an FBI investigation that began with the September 2011 trespassing inquiry of Chinese nationals in an Iowa cornfield and grew into a two-year FBI operation in which investigators bugged the men’s rental cars, used a warrant intended for foreign terrorists and spies, and flew surveillance planes over corn country. Science magazine in reviewing the book noted, “If there is a subplot that makes this book essential reading, especially for those working in the sciences today, it is Hvistendahl’s documentation of the disturbing effects that the too-vigorous pursuit of industrial spies has had on Chinese scientists and engineers in the United States.”

Suggested reading

Webinar recording

May 6, 2020– The Phase 1 Agreement and Its Implementation

4:30 P.M. (PT) – 90 min.

Former high-ranking US government officials and one of China’s leading experts on IP law discussed the Phase 1 Trade Agreement between the US and China. Among the issues to be discussed:  To what extent will the Agreement improve US and Chinese trade relations? On IP specifically, what does the Agreement offer to US companies? Will China wholeheartedly implement the Agreement. Will  the dispute settlement mechanisms in the Agreement work?  What about China’s own efforts to improve its IP regime?  What further improvements are possible in a Phase 2 Agreement, and indeed will there be a Phase 2? 


  • Craig Allen, President US-China Business Council
  • Warren Maruyama, Hogan Lovells
  • Cui Guobin, Tsinghua University Law School
  • Wendy Cutler, Asia Society
  • Mark Cohen, Berkeley Law (moderator)

Webinar recording

April 22, 2020– China: Law, Economy and Trade in 2020

4:30 P.M. (PT) – 75 min.

A look at legal and economic developments in China as they affect trans-Pacific trade for 2020 and beyond. 


    • Jerome A. Cohen, NYU
    • Susan Finder, Peking University Transnational Law School (Shenzhen)
    • Sean Randolph, Bay Area Economic Council
    • Mark Cohen, Berkeley Law (moderator)

Webinar recording

Our conferences and workshops bring together practicing attorneys, judges and government officials from throughout the Pacific Rim:

  • Practical Issues in CFIUS and Export Controls – May 30, 2018, Berkeley, CA
    Following our highly successful kick-off in August 2018, BCLT’s Asia IP Program held its second event on Tech, Trade and China.

  • Roundtable on IP Developments in Pharma in China – May 30, 2018, Berkeley
    This invitation-only roundtable offered a rare opportunity for experts and stakeholders from China and the US to discuss major reforms in IP protection for pharmaceutical innovation that are under consideration in China, including the establishment of a patent linkage system.

  • US-China IP Dialogue – May 31-June 1, 2018, Berkeley
    BCLT hosted the US-China IP Cooperation Dialogue (sponsored by the US Chamber of Commerce), which brought together senior IP experts from the US and China for in-depth discussions on the full range of challenging IP issues.

  • Tech, Trade and China – August 3, 2018, Berkeley
    This invitation-only roundtable, conducted in workshop fashion, with 70 participants from leading tech companies and law firms, including many former government officials, focused on the unique perspective and voice of the tech community, seeking a fact-based analysis of the changing nature of US-China trade. Follow-up work is being planned, with public outcomes.

  • China Town Hall – National Committee for US China Relations  – October 9, 2018, Berkeley
    BCLT partnered with the National Committee on US-China Relations and the Asia Society Northern California to host this interactive, live-stream webcast with Secretary Condoleezza Rice, followed by an on-site discussion with a panel of local experts on US-China relations involving trade, the tech industry and intellectual property rights in the Trump/Xi Administrations.

  • Entity Formation and Funding: Legal Fundamentals for Startups – December 1, 2018, Shenzhen
    Extending the scope of our Startup@BerkeleyLaw project, this one-day event was aimed at entrepreneurs in China seeking to understand the US venture capital and startup legal framework. More details: English | Chinese >>

  • Transnational IP Litigation – December 3-4, 2018, Beijing
    This full-day conference focused on litigating in the US; a subsequent US-based session focused on the importance of China in a global litigation strategy. More Details >>
  • 2nd Annual Berkeley-Tsinghua Conference on Transnational IP LitigationOctober 22, 2019, Berkeley, with Tsinghua University Law School
    A full-day conference aimed at in-house counsel and law firm attorneys, to enhance their understanding of how to handle cross border cases involving Chinese parties, including such hot issues as standards essential patents, the impact of the trade war, and on-line infringement. 
The Asia IP Project has an ambitious agenda of research and writing. Topics include:
  • The new IP databases in China: Review the content and utility of the new IP-related and legal databases, to serve as an ongoing guide for practitioners and scholars.

  • Foreign patent litigation: Using the newly released Chinese judicial databases, compare win/loss rates and explore trends and themes in Chinese IP litigation, including remedies such as injunctions and the role of licensing.

  • Measuring patent quality.

  • The interface between IP law and antitrust law in China.

  • Patent linkage.

  • Comparing approaches on protection of designs, including use of design patents.

  • Compile a practice-oriented casebook in English on Chinese IP law.

We publish our research through multiple channels, including:

  • This blog, managed by Mark Cohen, is the pre-eminent English language site on developments in Chinese IP law, with articles by academics, students and practitioners.

Mark A. Cohen (柯恒) | Senior Fellow and Director, Asia IP Project
University of California Berkeley, School of Law
897 Simon Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200

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