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Professor Yu to deliver opening keynote at media law conference in Australia

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Peter K. Yu

Peter K. Yu, the Kern family chair in intellectual property law at Drake University, will deliver the keynote opening address at the biennial conference of the Centre for Media and Communications Law in the Faculty of Law at the University of Melbourne.

Held every two years, the event brings together leading scholars in the field from Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the Asia Pacific region. Titled “Internet Freedom and Intellectual Property Rights,” the address explores ways to tailor intellectual property law to local political, socio-economic and cultural conditions.

Yu’s research in the area recently was featured in an article commissioned by the U.S. State Department. “Promoting Internet Freedom Through the Copyright System” was published in the June 2010 issue of eJournal USA and was distributed throughout the world via U.S. embassies and consulates. The article has also been translated into multiple languages, including Arabic, Chinese, French, Persian and Spanish. It is available online.

On Nov. 29-30, Yu will present “Moral Rights 2.0” at the Law Research Centre of the University of Technology, Sydney, in a conference co-organized by the Drake Intellectual Property Law Center.

Titled “Balancing Rights and Interests in the 21st Century,” the conference features presentations from leading scholars in intellectual property, media and communications law. It will also include an opening address by Philip Noonan, director general of IP Australia, and a presentation by Judge Judith Gibson of the District Court of New South Wales. More information about the conference is available online.

In December, Yu will visit a number of leading law schools and law firms in Australia and New Zealand to share his latest research and strengthen collaborative relationships of the Drake Intellectual Property Law Center.

He will speak on personality rights of Hong Kong celebrities at the law firms of Baker & McKenzie in Sydney and Blake Dawson in Melbourne. Both events are organized for the local bar by the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia. He will also deliver a public lecture on intellectual property enforcement in China at the law firm of Minter Ellison, organized in conjunction with the Asia-Pacific Intellectual Property Law Institute at Murdoch University in Perth.

In addition, Yu will deliver papers at a traditional knowledge conference at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, a conference on Southeast Asian intellectual property law at the University of Wollongong in Australia, and the Third Global Forum on Intellectual Property in Singapore organized by the IP Academy.

Yu is the founding director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School. A leading expert in international intellectual property and communications law, he sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Copyright Society of the U.S.A. He is also the general editor of The WIPO Journal, published by the World Intellectual Property Organization in association with Sweet & Maxwell.

Under his leadership, the Drake Intellectual Property Law Center has served as a leading international hub for research and education in the intellectual property field. In the past two years, the U.S. News and World Report magazine has 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.