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Prof. Yu honored with visiting chair professorship in China

June 12, 2008
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Peter K. Yu

Peter K. Yu, the Kern
Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law at Drake University, recently
accepted the Wenlan Scholar Chair Professorship at Zhongnan University of
Economics and Law in Wuhan, China. Yu also serves as the director of the
Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake.

Bestowed only twice since
its inception, this honor was given during the fifth annual conference of the
Center for Studies of Intellectual Property Rights at Zhongnan University. The
Chinese Ministry of Education has designated Zhongnan University as a key
research institute.

Through this arrangement,
Yu will visit the university on a regular basis to provide lectures and
seminars. He also will foster academic exchange and a close collaborative
relationship between the Drake Intellectual Property Law Center and the Center
for Studies of Intellectual Property Rights at Zhongnan University.

"I am greatly
flattered by this immense honor," said professor Yu. "The Center for
Studies of Intellectual Property Rights is a leading research center in
intellectual property law and policy in China. Over the years, I have worked
closely with my friends and colleagues there. I look forward to developing a
deeper collaborative relationship between Drake and Zhongnan
universities."

Professor Yu is a
preeminent expert in intellectual property law and policy in China and one of
the leading experts on Chinese law. He is writing the first casebook on Chinese
law, which will be published by Lexis-Nexis. He also is at the final stages of
completing his forthcoming book on U.S.-China intellectual property policy,
titled "Paranoid Pirates and Schizophrenic Swashbucklers."

He recently discussed
issues on intellectual property protection and Internet regulation in China at
the University of Virginia School of Law, Fordham University School of Law and
a conference organized by the Intellectual Property Academy in Singapore.

Professor Yu also
delivered the opening lecture for the Scholarly Symposia Series at the
University of Dayton School of Law, titled "Intellectual Property,
Economic Development and the China Puzzle."

This June in Hong Kong,
professor Yu co-organized the Sixth Annual Chinese Internet Research
Conference, which he co-founded in 2003. Yu also will take part in an
international conference in Turku, Finland on
innovation and communications law this summer from July 17-18.

In addition, the Drake
Intellectual Property Law Center will host visiting scholars during the 2008-09
academic year from the China University of Geosciences in Wuhan and Zhejiang
Gong Shang University School of Law in Hangzhou.