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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.