IPR University Center event: Recent Developments in Chinese IP Law

On 22 March 2018, the IPR University Center, a joint institute of six Finnish universities hosted by Finnish China Law Center member institution Hanken School of Economics, held a seminar on ‘Recent Developments in Chinese Intellectual Property Law’.

Professor Li Mingde, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (Photo credit: http://www.iolaw.org.cn)

Professor Li, from the Intellectual Property Center of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), is a leading expert on IP law. In his presentation he discussed the latest developments in the reform of Chinese copyright law as well as recent developments in other fields of IP. The experience from the specialized IP Courts and the background of the recently established new IP Courts in Shenzhen and Xi’an was also addressed. Finally, Professor Li discussed the reform of the administration on IP-related issues, including the changes of the role of the Chinese SIPO.

Professor Li’s many publications include Governance of Intellectual Property Rights in China and Europe (Elgar 2016), which he edited with Professor Nari Lee (Hanken School of Economics) and Professor Niklas Bruun (Hanken School of Economics / University of Helsinki).

Professor Li was, with Professor Nari Lee and Professor Niklas Bruun, a leader of the research project Legal Transplant For Innovation and Creativity – A Sino-Finnish Comparative Study on the Governance of Intellectual Property Rights’ (TranSIP), a comparative law research project that undertook collaborative research in academic institutes in China and Finland. Details of this collaboration can be found in the Finnish China Law Center’s Report on its First Four Years.

During his trip to Finland, Professor Li also acted as the opponent in the presentation of a doctoral thesis by University of Helsinki Doctoral Candidate, ZHAO Yajie on Friday 23 March.


Logo of the IPR University Center (Picture credit: https://www.iprinfo.com/)