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Chinese scholar to lecture on international property advancements

Liao Zhigang, dean of the Stilwell International School and associate professor of intellectual property law at the Southwest University of Political Science and Law, will deliver a lecture on new developments in the field of Chinese intellectual property law on Monday, April 4.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 4 p.m. in Room 203 of Cartwright Hall at Drake University Law School, 27th Street and Carpenter Avenue.

The presentation will include an overview of patent law, copyright law and trademark law in the People’s Republic of China, and an examination of amendments to these laws and other regulations. Liao will discuss issues of enforcement, including judicial and administrative matters, and disparities between multilateral trade agreements.

“China has the no. 2 economy in the world and Dean Liao is both a skilled expert in terms of business law as well as intellectual property law,” says Russ Lovell, professor of law at Drake. “This is a very timely and topical event.”

Liao is the second visiting foreign professor sponsored by the Drake Law School this year. He is the main contact for Drake’s exchange program with the Southwest University of Political Science and Law in Chongqing, China. Liao will also be teaching a one-credit course at Drake titled “Business in China.”

“Dean Liao is very gifted in making complex matters simple,” Lovell said. “You don’t need to be a lawyer to understand his presentation.”

Liao has conducted research at the University of Edinburgh, U.K., and the University of British Columbia, Canada. His teaching and research focuses on intellectual property law, civil law and international trade law.

For more information contact, Lovell at 515-271-1806, russell.lovell@drake.edu or Kirk Martin at 515-271-3035, kirk.martin@drake.edu.

“Intellectual Property Law Lecture”

Visiting Chinese guest professor, Liao Zhigang, will lecture on developments in intellectual property law, patent law, trademark law, and other regulations

When: 4 p.m. on Monday, April 4

Where: Cartwright Hall, Room 203, 27th Street and Carpenter Avenue.

Cost: Free and open to the public.

Contact: Russ Lovell, 515-271-1806, russell.lovell@drake.edu or Kirk Martin, 515-271- 3035, kirk.martin@drake.edu