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Protecting IP in China


August 15, 2007 5:30pm - 8:00pm


The Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, and the Stanford Law Society of Silicon Valley present:

Protecting IP in China

The protection of IP has become one of the most prominent issues for U.S. companies doing business in China. China is quickly growing into an industrialized nation in which companies need to use, and therefore must protect, their most valuable assets — IP created by R&D and manufacturing labs. With more than 1,000 R&D labs operated by multinational corporations, China has become the world's second largest spender on R&D, and has replaced Germany as the world's fifth largest source of patent application filings. Unfortunately, many U.S. companies still find themselves lost in the unfamiliar Chinese IP system.

This seminar will discuss practical issues on IP protection in China, including:

  • How to take proactive measures against the loss of IP when dealing with business partners;
  • How to protect trade secrets when operating in China;
  • How to secure IP inventions from Chinese employees/inventors;
  • Where a patentee should file first for patents;
  • How to assign IP inventions back home; and
  • How to reward Chinese employees/inventors, among other topics.


  • Hon. Jiang Zhipei, Chief Judge, Intellectual Property Division, Supreme People’s Court of China
  • Mei Gechlik, Lecturer in Law and Microsoft Rule of Law Fellow, Stanford Law School
  • David M. Simon, Chief Patent Counsel, Intel Corp.
  • Dr. Xiang Wang, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (Beijing office)

Moderator: Prof. John H. Barton, George E. Osborne Professor of Law, Emeritus, Stanford Law School

Our distinguished panel will draw from their practical experience doing business in China, and will share the lessons they have learned with the audience.

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