Things to do in the Summer, CHECK: WTI/CUHK Summer Programme on Intellectual Property in HK

IP Dragon spent his holiday participating in the WTI/CUHK Summer Programme on intellectual property, indeed co-organised by the World Trade Institute in Bern and Chinese University of Hong Kong, from July 9 -20.


The coming days I would like to give you an overview of some of the things, relevant to intellectual property rights in China and Hong Kong, I learned from professors Thomas Cottier (WTI) see here, Arno Hold (WTI), Michael Pendleton (CUHK), Bryan Mercurio (CUHK), Peter K. Yu (Drake University), Elliot Papageorgiou (Rouse), Mathias Schaeli (Swiss IPI), Philip Monaghan (Mayer Brown) and last but not least Ron Marchant (former head of IPO UK).  Beside getting updates on bilateral and multilateral treaties, WIPO, WTO, law in China and Hong Kong, the event brought professors together from Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, South Africa, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, and Vietnam, to discuss intellectual property and policy issues.




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Protection of Trademarks in China Is Not Problematic, Prof. Peter K. Yu Explains Why

Saturday IP Dragon was at the conference ‘Charting the New Frontiers of Intellectual Property Protection of Luxury Brands’ organised by the University of Hong Kong. Professor Peter K. Yu of Drake University Law School, Des Moines in Iowa, U.S., gave an insightful presentation on some of the complexities of counterfeiting in China.



Already in 2005 Ernst & Young suggested that the luxury industry in China would first grow 20% per year and between 2008 and 2015 with 10% until sales would exceed 11.5 billion U.S. dollars in 2015 and “Chinese consumers could be as influential as the Japanese and account for 29% of all global luxury goods purchases. A temporary obstacle seems to be counterfeiting.
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“Rethinking IP” Round Table HKU – Drake University

Knowles Building, at HKUPhoto: Danny Friedmann Last Saturday morning, lawyers, academics and students from Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Australia, Japan and the U.S., all passionate about intellectual property rights, gathered at the University of Hong Kong for a round table discussion on intellectual property and policy. It was organised by the Law & Technology Centre […]

IP Dragon Blogging From Singapore at Global Forum on Intellectual Property

Raffles and Fairmont (Picture Danny Friedmann) Once every other year the IP Academy of Singapore handpicks IP experts and brings them all together at the Fairmont, opposite the Raffles Hotel at the Global Forum on Intellectual Property 2011. Professor David Llewelyn made an excellent line up of speakers and IP Dragon is very happy to […]

Are Intellectual Property Rights A Subspecies of Human Rights?

Damian Reece, Head of Business of The Telegraph was commenting David Cameron’s trip to China. According to Mr Reece his timing to talk about human rights was wrong and therefore counterproductive. Instead, writes Mr Reece, he should have focused on intellectual property rights related problems in China. Read here. Mr Reece is most certainly right […]

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

First of all Happy Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋節 to you all! For those of you who did not have the pleasure of staring to the moon together with hundreds of picknicking and moon cake eating families in Victoria park here is a quick primer of the event. IP Dragon was delighted to receive an email of […]

Professor Peter K. Yu General Editor of WIPO Journal: Analysis and Debate of Intellectual Property Issues

There is a new peer reviewed IPR journal: WIPO Journal, a platform for the global IP debate. The prolific Professor Peter K. Yu, will be its general editor and specialist for China and the United States. I am looking forward to it very much. Read more about it here.

Thesis: Paper Tiger or Roaring Dragon, China’s TRIPs Implementations and Enforcement

Thesis by Danny Friedmann, thesis advisor Professor P. Bernt Hugenholtz, Professor Peter K. Yu:Paper Tiger or Roaring DragonChina’s TRIPs Implementations and Enforcement Abstract:Thesis about whether China’s IPR enforcement laws are TRIPs compliant. At least on paper most of China’s IPR procedural laws are compliant with specific TRIPs provisions. China’s IPR laws are certainly non-compliant to […]