Prof. Yu Builds Ties between CLIP and Leading Intellectual Property Programs in Asia

February 10, 2017

Yu-Peter-540Prof. Peter Yu

Professor Peter K. Yu, the Co-Director of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP) at Texas A&M University School of Law, visited China, Japan, Singapore and Vietnam to discuss collaborations between CLIP and leading intellectual property programs in Asia in November and December 2016.

He also introduced the Law School's new intellectual property graduate program to professors and students in the region.

Yu delivered a public lecture on "Intellectual Property Developments and the Changing Business Culture in China" at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore on Dec. 2, 2016. He also met with the faculty members of both Nanyang Business School and Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.

Prof. Peter Yu at Nanyang UniversityProfessor Yu with Associate Professors Hannah Lim Yee Fen (left) and Anil Samtani (right) of Nanyang Business School
Photo courtesy of Nanyang Business School

A week later, he visited Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in Vietnam to participate in the Intellectual Property and Trade Conference at the University of Economics and Law of Vietnam National University. The conference coincided with the inauguration of the university's new Center for U.S. Law.

He delivered the conference's opening presentation, "Thinking about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement," which will be forthcoming from the SMU Science and Technology Law Review. He also reconnected with Professor Pham Thi Mai Khanh of Foreign Trade University in Vietnam, whom he taught in an intellectual property summer program in Hong Kong.

While in Asia, Yu chaired a panel on standard essential patents at the 7th Asia-Pacific Innovation Network Conference at Kyushu University in Japan. At the network's board meeting, he shared his views and experiences with fellow board members from leading intellectual property or innovation programs in Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea.

During the winter, Yu actively engaged with intellectual property scholars and students in China. On the mainland, he delivered the 20th ACIP Intellectual Property Forum Lecture at the Intellectual Property School of South China University of Technology in Guangzhou, China. In addition, he visited Peking University School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen to give a faculty talk on international intellectual property dispute settlement. He also offered a public lecture on "The RCEP and Trans-Pacific Intellectual Property Norms."

In Hong Kong, Yu delivered the opening keynote address at the 2016 Meeting of the Asian Pacific Copyright Association at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong. He also met with the staff and volunteers of Médecins Sans Frontières to discuss the latest challenges concerning intellectual property protection and access to medicines in Asia. Yu is the co-editor of the book, The Global Governance of HIV/AIDS: Intellectual Property and Access to Essential Medicines (Edward Elgar Publishing 2013).

In Macau, Yu presented "The Pathways of Multinational Intellectual Property Dispute Settlement" at the 16th Intellectual Property Seminar of the Institute of European Studies of Macau. This presentation will appear as a forthcoming book chapter published by Kluwer Law International.

"I am very excited to have the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with professors and students in China, Japan, Singapore and Vietnam," said Yu. "As we prepare for the launch of our new LL.M. and M.Jur. program, these conferences and meetings will greatly enhance our understanding of the educational needs of foreign law students. They will also allow us to better prepare our J.D. students for the growing intellectual property challenges in Asia."

Prof. Peter Yu in VietnamYu visited Vietnam as part of the delegation led by Professor Xuan-Thao Nguyen (5th from right), who previously taught at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law (the Law School's predecessor)