Asia IP Project

The Asia IP 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 to the complex IP landscape in China and other Asian venues.

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March 16 – World Affairs Council,  San Francisco 
March 17 – Bancroft Hotel, Berkeley
This day and half symposium  looks at the past and future of Chinese legal studies through interdisciplinary and intergenerational discussions on a range of Chinese legal topics including technology issues, dispute resolution, empirical research, administrative law, and international law. This practical and far-ranging program commemorates the 60th anniversary of Chinese legal studies at Berkeley, with its two founders, Jerry Cohen and Stanley Lubman, and the many scholars and practitioners they have inspired.

Tech, Trade and China Roundtable- 3.0

April 28, 2020
Clark Kerr Campus, UC Berkeley

The third in our highly successful series of annual roundtables on the trade wars and their implications for the technology industry, with a focus on China and IP, this roundtable will take a deep dive on the real-world impacts of the Phase 1 US-China Trade Agreement and what can we reasonably expect of any Phase 2 AgreementWe will look critically at how these bi-lateral efforts intersect with China’s judicial reform, legislative plans, and technology development goals.  Patent reform, patent linkage, antitrust, trademark squatting, on-line counterfeiting, and other ‘hot issues’ will be discussed. The roundtable will bring together current and former government officials from both countries, corporate representatives, practicing attorneys, and academics for dialogue and the sharing of diverse perspectives. It will include sector-specific break-out sessions on high tech, biotech, copyright protection and design; civil, criminal and administrative enforcement, and other issues to better tailor the program to your interests.  

Co-sponsored by the US-China Business Council.    

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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