2018 China IP Summer Program




Destination Beijing & Shanghai!

The John Marshall Law School's Center for Intellectual Property Law and Chinese Intellectual Property Resource Center will again offer 2018 China IP Summer Program in Beijing from June 4 - June 29, 2018.  This is the only ABA-Approved Summer Program specialized in IP in China since 2011.

With the success we had past years, we will continue to bring the program to Shanghai.  In the program week in Shanghai, we will be conducting classes in Shanghai at Tonji University Law School with Chinese students.

To apply, please download (here) the application form and return it with your $100.00 deposit to Arthur Yuan, Director of the Chinese IP Resource Center, The John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604; 312.427.2737, ext. 794, ayuan "at" jmls.edu.

Information Session was on January 29, 2018.  If you missed it, please feel free to contact the director below for information.

For more information or CLE credit, please contact Arthur Yuan, Director of the Chinese IP Resource Center, 312.427.2737, ext. 794, ayuan"at"jmls.edu.


Course Offering (last updated on 1/29/2018):


Time Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
  6/3 6/4 6/5 6/6 6/7 6/8 6/9
9:00 - 12:40 Arrival in Beijing Class 1 Class 2 Class 1 Class 2 Sightseeing   
1:30 - 4:30 Arrival in Beijing     Mandatory Visit to Copyright Office (Count towards class 2) Getting to Know the SIPO by Director General Liu, SIPO (Count toward class 1)
  6/10 6/11 6/12 6/13 6/14 6/15 6/16
9:00 - 12:40   Class 1 Class 2 Class 2 Class 2    
1:30 - 4:30   Orientation of SIPO Training Center Mandatory Visit to SIPO (Count towards class 1) Sightseeing: Summer Palace      
  6/17 6/18 6/19 6/20 6/21 6/22 6/23
9:00 - 12:40   Class 2 Class 1 Class 1 Class 1 Class 1 (review) IP Mock trial (count toward class 1)
1:30 - 4:30     Sightseeing: Forbidden City (Tentative) Sightseeing or visit to Beijing IP Court Mandatory visit (count toward class 1)   IP Mock trial (count toward class 1)
  6/24 6/25 6/26 6/27 6/28 6/29 6/30
9:00 - 12:40  

The Great Wall

Travel to Shanghai IP Mock trial (count toward class 1) Sightseeing Legal Writing Conference Shanghai
1:30 - 4:30     Travel to Shanghai IP Mock trial (count toward class 1) Sightseeing Legal Writing Conference Shanghai
  Departure from Shanghai            

*Note: Please see the first paragraph for the starting date of the course offering calendar.

***Note: Blue denotes the program activities are held in Beijing and green denotes that the program in Shanghai.  The travel and location dates may be subject to change and to be upated.


Program Highlight

  • As part of our 10th Annual US-China IP Comparative Mock Trial program, we will focus on the topic of damage determinations in a patent infringement case this year in Beijing.  We are thrilled to have Honorable Chief Judge Ruben Castillo of US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois presiding over the mock trial.  In addition, we thank the law firm of McAndrews Held & Malloy who will sponsor the mock trial.

Class 1: International Intellectual Property Law Survey (JD 294)

This course introduces students to the primary laws that protect IP in the United States (i.e., patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret laws) and the policies underlying these laws. The course is intended for students interested in a general overview of IP and those preparing for more specialized IP courses. In addition, guest lectures from Chinese IP practitioners, current or former judges, and a former Qualcomm in-house counsel will provide international perspective of IP protections.  No technical background is expected or required. Grading will be based on a final take-home examination.  (Professor Yuan; four credit hours)

Class 2: Current Legal Issues: The First Amendment Confronts New Technology (JD 287FA)

This course will analyze traditional First Amendment Free Speech Issues in light of developing technologies. It will focus on traditional issues of national security, pornography, hate speech, the right to protest, freedom of information, academic freedom, and privacy concerns. It will explore the relationship between First Amendment and intellectual property and informatics concerns. Students will be asked to consider if the traditional approaches are adequate to deal with concerns about free expression in cyberspace and other new technologies. (Professor Seng; two credit hours).



$1,565.00 per credit hour (1 to 6 credit hours)

Housing, food and tours (tentative):      

$1,000.00 per student (housing is for double occupancy; $1,500 for single).  The cost includes the transportation from Beijing to Shanghai.  Meal includes breakfast and lunch only.

Application Fee

$100.00 (non-refundable; will apply toward the housing, food and tours cost above).


Arranged and paid for by each student

Educational and sightseeing tours are included as part of the cost of the program.  Educational tours may include visits to the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), Copyright Office, and at least a major IP law firm with numerous international IP clients.  Sightseeing trips may include visits to the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven.

(Note: Cost of housing, food and tours for the three-week program (without the week to Shanghai) will be 3/4 of the four-week program).

Main Program Location

The program will use classrooms, housing and dining facilities at the China IP Training Center of State Intellectual Property Office (hereinafter "Training Center").  The Training Center is the premier IP training academy in China and serves as an IP training academy for World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).  IP officials and examiners from all over the world come to the Training Center for IP trainings, seminars and conferences.  The Training Center also offers amenities such as in-door swimming pool, a gym, a tennis court, a basketball court, and a poker room.  Internet access is available at the classroom and the housing.  The Training Center is also about 10-minute walk from a subway station and has bus stops by the main entrance.

Internship/Externship Opportunity

We are working with Chinese law firms for internship or externship placements for up to one month after or before the summer program, depending on the starting date of the summer program.  Separate application to the internship/externship is required and space is limited.  Application material includes your resume and transcript of your undergraduate degree and first semester of law school.

Financial Aid

Financial aid may be available to support the tuition and living expenses associated with this program. Students should contact the financial aid office at their home institution to determine if this aid is available.


Space is limited in this program, so register now. To reserve a place in the program, a deposit of non-refundable $100 is required by March 19 and full payment due no later than June 1.  The deposit will be applied to the total cost of the program.

Dropping of Courses    No course refund will be issued if a course is dropped after April 6.

Program Director and Administration    Program Director & Administrator: Professor Arthur Yuan.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The John Marshall Law School, finding any invidious discrimination inconsistent with the mission of free academic inquiry, does not discriminate in admission, services or employment on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, or disability.