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,  and other events bring data-driven insight into the complex IP landscape in China and other Asian venues.

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Wednesday, October 27 – Session 2: Using China’s Multi-Track System: Criminal, Civil and Administrative Infringement Litigation and Arbitration

Wednesday, November 10 – Session 3: Trade-Related Impacts – Improvements and New Challenges

Panel 1: Trade-Related IP Developments, Including Impact of the Phase 1 Trade Agreement
Panel 2: Sanctions, Hostage Taking and Tech Shakedowns: What Should Lawyers and Their Clients Fear in Cross-Border IP Practice

Wednesday, December 1 – Session 4: China’s Role in a Global IP Strategy

All events are virtual.

Summer 2021 – Fall 2021
Virtual Event

In 2021, the Asia IP and Technology Law Project will host a four-part webinar series, which aims to facilitate in-depth conversations to address the underlying pervasive issues fueling these key challenges. Hopefully, these conversations can also serve as part of the basis to building more consensus and cooperations into the landscape of international SEP jurisprudence. 

Talk IV – Date TBA: The 5G+ / IoT Challenges

If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) to fully participate in this event, please contact Nathalie Coletta at or 510-643-5518 with as much advance notice as possible and at least 7-10 business days in advance of the event.

China Stakes Out Its Place in Plant Variety Protection: An Update with Experts on PVP and Agricultural IP Developments in China

October 13, 2021
5:00 – 6:30 P.M. (PT)
Event recording

Explored the public policy implications of China’s efforts to become a major force in new plant varieties, the technical aspects of China’s emerging plant variety regime, and how these changes fit into China’s overall IP practice.

Book Talk: Intellectual Property Law in China, 2nd Ed.

September 23, 2021
5:00 P.M. PT
Event recording

Whether you are a fan or a critic, the rapid evolution of China’s IP system during the past forty years has had dramatic consequences for world trade, innovation and the global IP system. This event is free and open to the public.

Mark Cohen of Berkeley Law, Peter Yu of Texas A&M, Li Yahong of University of Hong Kong, and Daryl Lim of University of Illinois Chicago will discuss these important changes with the contributors to the second edition of a leading treatise on Chinese IP law. 

China: A Patent Linkage Update

July 15, 2021
5:00-6:30 P.M. (PT)
Event Recording

China committed to a patent linkage (Hatch-Waxman) regime linking pharmaceutical regulatory approval and patent infringement determinations in the Phase 1 Trade Agreement concluded with the United States in January 2020. The linkage regime is part of a series of pharmaceutical IP related reforms set forth in that Agreement. With the enactment of China’s revised patent law, as well as the adoption of new rules on patent linkage on July 4, 2021 and a new Judicial Interpretation on July 5, 2021, the basic legislative framework for China’s new patent linkage regime is now in place. But how will these new rules work in practice? Join us on July 15.

Quantum Leap: Developments in China IP Law Over the Past Two Years

Pacific Time: Thursday, May 6th, 2021, 4:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. /
China Time: Friday, May 7, 2021, 7:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M. 

Last year was a remarkable conclusion to a two-year period of intensive reform in Chinese IP law. Every major IP law in China was amended. A bilateral Phase 1 Trade Agreement brought a cease fire in the US-China IP trade war. A new national appellate IP court commenced operations. Chinese administrative enforcement agencies launched significant new initiatives. In a series of important policy changes, China sought to improve IP quality and enhance the international influence of Chinese courts. There were also a number of high-level international IP disputes involving China, Chinese courts, or Chinese parties.

If you had 90 minutes to spend to understand how China’s IP regime has changed and how those changes are impacting the foreign business community, this is the program to take. Each speaker will briefly summarize major developments in IP law in China, followed by discussions around common themes and anticipated future developments. The program will also serve as a great introduction to our upcoming four-part series on IP developments in China, which will focus on litigation.

Tech, Trade and China: The Future of Multilateral Approaches to China Tech Policy

Wednesday, April 27
8:45 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. (PT)

This 3-hour webinar will examine a wide range of issues related to U.S.-China relations, including the potential for collaboration on climate change,  the role of international organizations such as the WTO and WIPO, export controls, and IP enforcement.

3rd Berkeley-Tsinghua Conference on Transnational IP Litigation:
Transnational IP Litigation at a Time of Trade Tension

Day 1: January 21, 2021 4:30 to 6:30 P.M. (PST)
Day 2: January 22, 2021 4:30 to 6:30 P.M. (PST)
Day 3: January 28, 2021 4:30 to 6:00 P.M. (PST)
Day 4: January 29, 2021 4:30 to 6:30 P.M. (PST)

  • What impact have bilateral trade tensions had on private IP dispute settlement between the United States and China?
  • What practical strategies should rightsholders consider?
Hear from a distinguished group of judges, officials, practitioners and academics from the United States and China, discussing such issues as SEP’s, trade secrets, patent linkage for pharmaceuticals, on-line enforcement, and trans-border legal ethics.  Among the US judges that have already confirmed are:
  • Hon. Ray Chen, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Hon. Jeremy Fogel, Exec Director, Berkeley Judicial Institute; former Director, Federal Judicial Center; former District Judge, ND Cal
  • Hon. Andrew Guilford, former District Judge, CD Cal
  • Hon. Kent Jordan, Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Hon. Randall Rader, former Chief Judge, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit 
They will be joined by a star-studded cast of colleagues from the US and China, including judges, in-house counsel, law firm practitioners and academics.

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 presented this series of seven webinars whereby leading experts from China and the U.S. covered developments in Chinese law on important topics including patentability, pharmaceutical IP, trade secrets law and enforcement, licensing and antitrust, and copyright. 

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.


Session 7: July 15, 2020 – The Future of IP and Tech Collaboration in China 

4:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. (PT) – 90 min.

A discussion with thought leaders, wrapping up the series.


  • Moderator: Mark Cohen, Berkeley Law
  • Don Rosenberg, VP and General Counsel, Qualcomm
  • Hon. David Kappos, Former Director, USPTO, Partner – Cravath
  • Prof. Mark Wu, Harvard University
  • Prof. Dan Prud’homme, EMLV Business School (Paris, France)
  • Prof. Alexander Capri, Hinrich Foundation/National University of Singapore

Webinar recording

Session 6: July 8, 2020 – Copyright Commercialization, Protection, and Reform

4:30 P.M. (PT) – 75 min.

China’s copyright landscape has been undergoing major changes: companies like Alibaba and Tencent have become content developers and major investors in online entertainment. Over 900 million Chinese citizens are consumers of online content. China’s National Copyright Administration has become a unit within the Communist Party Publicity Department. A new draft revision to China’s copyright law was released in 2020 – approximately eight years after it was first proposed. Last year, Chinese courts accepted nearly 300,000 new copyright cases, nearly fifty times the US docket. Still problems remain, such as in the copyright protection for online sports broadcasts. We discussed China’s evolving legal landscape for copyright protection with three leading experts on Chinese copyright law as well as the National Basketball Association.


  • Moderator: Mark Cohen, BCLT, Berkeley Law
  • Eric Priest, University of Oregon
  • Seagull Song, Loyola University, L.A.
  • Ayala Deutsch, National Basketball Association
  • Jiarui Liu, University of San Francisco

Webinar recording

Session 5: June 24, 2020 – Abusive Trademark Registrations

4:30 P.M. (PT) – 75 min.

Michael Jordan, Donald Trump, and many other famous brands have encountered problems with trademarks for a range of goods and services that had been filed in China in advance of their legitimate owners. Over the past several years, the Chinese Trademark Office and the Chinese courts have taken significant steps to address the problem of abusive trademark registrations within the context of China’s ‘first to file’ regime, including reforms required by the “Phase 1” Trade Agreement (January 15, 2020).

This panel consisted of leading authorities from the Chinese and US trademark offices, as well as practitioners, who introduced us to the problem of abusive trademark registration in China and the steps being taken to address it. 

Webinar recording

Session 4: June 17, 2020 – Section 101 Comes to China: Is China Turning the Unpatentable into the Patentable?

4:30 P.M. (PT) – 75 min.

Over the past several years, China has been steadily expanding the scope of patentable subject matter, while the US has been making it more difficult to obtain software enabled patented inventions, fintech patents, and diagnostic patents. Is it in fact easier to obtain these patents in China than the US and what has been the impact (good or bad) on the US innovation ecosystem? The program included Chinese experts in the field. 

Webinar recording

Session 3: June 10, 2020 – Trade Secret Protection

4:30 P.M. (PT)

China has drastically amended its civil trade secret regime and then contemplated additional changes to its criminal trade secret law. However, foreign companies routinely experience significant challenges protecting their trade secrets in China or addressing China-originating trade secret misappropriation. This session offered some practical strategies in light of this rapidly evolving legal landscape.

Webinar recording

Session 2: June 3, 2020 – Licensing and Antitrust

4:30 P.M. (PT)

The US-China trade war sought to address certain perceived problems in the transfer of technology to China, including forced technology transfer and onerous mandatory licensing terms imposed on foreigners. How much has the licensing environment improved for the foreign business community and what additional reforms might be expected? How will China’s developing antitrust regime affect foreign businesses seeking to monetize their IP in China?

Webinar recording

Session 1: May 27, 2020 – Pharmaceutical IP Issues

4:30 P.M. (PT)

Pharmaceutical IP protection was a big “winner” in the Phase 1 Trade Agreement. How is China planning on implementing its commitments to improve protection for innovative chemical compounds and biologics? 

Webinar recording

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)

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)

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.


Research Output

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

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