The University of Akron School of Law, in conjunction with Peking University Law School, the Washington, D.C. law firm of Sughrue Mion, PLLC, and the Beijing firm of Tongshang, sponsored an intellectual property law conference in Beijing, China on May 17-19. The program focused on provisions of the recently-enacted America Invents Act, as well as on IP law developments in China.
Following brief opening remarks by Akron Law Professor Jeffrey M. Samuels, Dean Zhang Showen, of Peking Law School, and the Executive Minister of China's Intellectual Property Office, He Hua, the program reviewed grant provisions of Chinese and U.S. patent law and patent litigation in the U.S. and China. A number of Sughrue Mion attorneys participated in these sessions, including Alan Kasper, Hui Wauters, Susan Pan, Cyril Chan, and John Callaghan. The program also included presentations on Section 337 of the Tariff Act, led by David Foster, of Foster, Murphy, Altman & Nickel, and on developments in U.S. and China trademark law. Prof. Samuels and Sughrue attorney Jody Drake focused on issues relating, in general, to the registration and maintenance of trademark registrations by foreign trademark owners.
A luncheon address was delivered by Matthew Kohner, the IP attache to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.
Prof. Yang Ming, of Peking University Law School, served as the overall coordinator of the program.
The University of Akron School of Law and Peking University Law School entered into a cooperation agreement several years ago relating to faculty and student exchanges and the sponsorship of programs in the area of IP law. Prof. Yang visited Akron last winter to teach a course on Chinese IP law. In addition to his participation in the conference, during his stay in China Prof. Samuels taught a three-week course at Peking University Law School on U.S. trademark law and delivered several public lectures, in Beijing and elsewhere.