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Drake law professor to speak at American Bar Association annual meeting

July 19, 2011
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Professor Peter Yu

Peter K. Yu, the Kern Family chair in intellectual property law at Drake University Law School, will speak at the annual meeting of the American Bar Association (ABA) in August.

The ABA, the nationwide professional association for lawyers, provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.

At the ABA annual meeting in Toronto, Canada, Yu will serve on a panel titled "Dancing with the Dragon: Intellectual Property and Licensing Strategies for North American Companies Doing Business in China." The panel is organized by the ABA Business Law Section.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Yu is a preeminent expert on Chinese intellectual property law and policy. Recently, he testified before the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Yu is the general editor of the peer-reviewed WIPO Journal, published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

His scholarly publications have appeared in Chinese and English and have been translated into Arabic, French, Japanese, Persian, Portuguese and Spanish.

This summer, Yu will also speak at the 2011 International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP) Congress at the National University of Singapore.

He will also deliver a paper at the Sixth General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research at the University of Iceland in Reykjavik.

Drake's Intellectual Property Law Center: a hub for research and education

Yu is the founding director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University. The center, established in 2007, has grown into a leading international hub for research and education in the intellectual property field.

In the past three years, peer surveys conducted by the U.S. News and World Report magazine have ranked the center consistently among the top 25 intellectual property law programs in the United States and one of the top five programs in the Midwest.

In May, the Center co-organized the Third Annual Conference on Innovation and Communications Law in Melbourne, Australia. The event was presented in conjunction with the School of Law at La Trobe University.

At the invitation of the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia, Yu delivered two seminars for the bars in Melbourne and Sydney. A leading Australian law firm, Blake Dawson, sponsored both seminars.

Promoting international dialogue on intellectual property law, economics and human rights

Earlier this summer, Yu served as a visiting professor of law at the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies in the University of Strasbourg in France.

A lecture that he delivered examining the weakness of the international intellectual property regime is available online.

Yu also participated in a workshop organized by the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law in Germany, delivering a presentation on "Economic Partnership Agreements and International Human Rights."

Additionally, Yu chaired a session in the strategic dialogue meeting on "Scenarios for Global Copyright Reform and Public Interest Intellectual Property." Sponsored by the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development, the event coincided with the latest meeting of the WIPO Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights in Geneva, Switzerland.