DePaul College of Law’s Center for Intellectual Property Law & Information Technology (CIPLIT) hosted a delegation of seven judges and lawyers from China to discuss global intellectual property issues and education on August 2, 2016. The program was arranged as part of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program.
Considering the importance of how intellectual property law affects global trade and the business community, participants shared ideas about how the public and private sector can work together to implement greater legal protections for intellectual property rights. Education was another important topic of the meeting as the delegates learned about CIPLIT and DePaul’s approach to intellectual property education, expressing a particular interest in legal drafting courses.
The Chinese delegates represented various areas of law and government. Judge Shiwen Lan of the Intellectual Property Rights Court of Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court has handled hundreds of intellectual property cases and has performed extensive research in determining damages in these matters. Judge Li Liu of the Jiangsu High People’s Court, Intellectual Property Rights Division, has spent over a decade advocating for stronger intellectual property protections through research projects and speaking engagements. Judge Hong Ma, presiding judge of the Ningbo Intermediate People’s Court and Intellectual Property Court, has authored numerous publications on strengthening intellectual property rights legal policies. Judge Zhizhu Zheng, is one of 10 presiding judges of the Guangzhou Intellectual Property Court, which is one of three courts in China that seek to develop consistency in intellectual property trials. As deputy office director of the law enforcement department, Ningbo Municipal Intellectual Property Bureau, Huarong Wu resolves patent disputes and creates new policies to improve intellectual property rights protections. Fajie Li, senior partner of Yingke Law Firm, concentrates on corporate law, finance and intellectual property, and also serves as deputy editor-in-chief of a legal reference guide.
Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea, CIPLIT Executive Director Ellen Gutiontov, and Professors Tony Volini and Ana Santos Rutschman represented DePaul, along with alumni Dermot Horgan (JD ’94) and Jing Zhang (JD ’08) from the Buffalo Grove, Illinois, law firm IpHorgan also participated.