Peter K. Yu

Professor of Law and Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property; Professor of Communication

Peter Yu

“Intellectual property is one of the most fascinating areas of law. When combined with cutting-edge technologies and rapid globalization, it poses some of the most challenging legal and policy questions.”

Get to Know Peter K. Yu

What drew you to the law?

Many lawyers begin as argumentative and ultra-competitive kids. I am one of them. As a child, I already considered law a natural career choice. What drew me to intellectual property law, however, was my love and passion for literature, music and art, as well as my introduction to Apple II computers at a young age. Going to law school during the Internet boom in the late 1990s certainly deepened my interest in this area.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

What I enjoy most is to see the lightbulbs turned on over my students’ heads. You don’t know what exactly you need to do to make that happen, but you are so happy and thankful when it finally does. As a wise colleague once told me, if you had a great class, it was because of your students, but if you had a bad one, it was because of you. I try hard to remember this piece of advice when I am in the classroom.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

Intellectual property law is an area in which students will have the rare opportunity to shape the law immediately after they enter the profession. I hope my students will not only be comfortable in grappling with legal and technological complexities, but will also understand what it means to be a successful lawyer in the rapidly changing global business environment.

What are you passionate about outside of the law?

Travel, ethnic food, classical music, Broadway musicals, playing basketball and pool, reading mysteries and books on history and international politics, and cheering for the L.A. Lakers (whom I have supported since the mid-1980s). In college, I represented Wisconsin in the Big Ten Pool Tournament and was an intramural basketball referee.

What are your research interests?

My research focuses on intellectual property, international trade, communications policy, international and comparative law, and the transition of the legal systems in China and Hong Kong. I also have interdisciplinary interests in Asian studies, international relations, mass media and political science.

Publications

Link to my publications.

Presentations

Presentations are listed on my CV.

Expertise

  • Asian law
  • Communications law and policy
  • Comparative law
  • Cyberlaw
  • Global public health
  • Intellectual property
  • International law
  • International trade

Courses

  • Copyright Law
  • International Intellectual Property Law

Academic Experience

  • Professor of Law and Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2017-present)
  • Professor of ​Communication
    Department of Communication, Texas A&M University (joint appointment) (2017-present)
  • Professor of Law and Co-Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2015-2017)
  • Visiting Professor of Law
    Hanken School of Economics and University of Helsinki Faculty of Law, Finland (December 2015)
  • Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law and Director, Intellectual Property Law Center
    Drake University Law School (2007-2015)
  • Visiting Professor of Law
    Faculty of Law, University of Haifa, Israel (November 2012)
  • Wenlan Scholar Chair Professor
    Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, Wuhan, China (2008-2011)
  • Distinguished Visiting Faculty
    Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University Washington College of Law (June 2011)
  • Visiting Professor of Law
    Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI), University of Strasbourg, France (May 2011)
  • Visiting Professor of Law
    University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law (summer 2007; summer 2009)
  • Visiting Professor of Law
    Washington and Lee University School of Law (January 2009)
  • Assistant/Associate Professor of Law and Director, Intellectual Property & Communications Law Program
    Michigan State University College of Law (2003-2007)
  • Core Faculty, Asian Studies Center and Adjunct Professor of Telecommunication, Information Studies and Media
    Michigan State University (2003-2007)
  • Research Associate
    Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy, Centre for Socio-Legal Studies, Wolfson College, University of Oxford (1999-2004)
  • Acting Assistant Professor of Law, Executive Director, Intellectual Property Law Program and Deputy Director, Howard M. Squadron Program in Law, Media & Society
    Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, New York (1999-2003)

Education

  • J.D., Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • Executive Editor, Cardozo Law Review
    • Managing Editor, Post-Soviet Media Law & Policy Newsletter
    • Assistant Editor, Cardozo Studies in Law and Literature
  • B.A. in English and Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Awards / Honors

  • 2007 Michigan State University Teacher-Scholar Award
  • 2007 Student Bar Association’s Distinguished Faculty Award (Michigan State University)
  • 1999 Gerald Rose Memorial Competition, Best Paper on Intellectual Property Law (sponsored by John Marshall Law School in Chicago)
  • 1999 Judge John R. Brown Scholarship Foundation Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, second place
  • 1998 Nathan Burkan Memorial Writing Competition, Cardozo School of Law, first prize (sponsored by ASCAP)

Other Professional Activities

  • General Editor, The WIPO Journal: Analysis of Intellectual Property Issues (published by the World Intellectual Property Organization and Sweet & Maxwell)
  • Executive Committee, American Branch of the International Law Association
  • Chair, Committee on International Intellectual Property, American Branch of the International Law Association
  • Member, Committee on Intellectual Property and Private International Law, International Law Association
  • Executive Committee, International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP)
  • Series Editor, Elgar Intellectual Property and Global Development Series (book series published by Edward Elgar Publishing)
  • Series Editor, Elgar Law, Technology and Society Series (book series published by Edward Elgar Publishing)
  • Editorial Board, Indian Journal of Intellectual Property Law, Intellectual Property Law Journal, IP Law Book Review, Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA, Journal of World Intellectual Property, and Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property