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Peking University, founded in 1898, is one of the best research universities in China and in the world. The university campus is located in the former site of Qing Dynasty royal gardens and it retains traditional Chinese-style landscaping including traditional houses, gardens, pagodas as well as many notable historical buildings and structures. JMLS has been cooperating with Peking University's Institute of International Intellectual Property in the JMLS China IP Summer Program since 2008. As part of the summer program, faculty and students have been fortunate to use the classroom, dining, and housing facilities at the Peking University.
Renmin University of China
Renmin University is considered as one of the top universities in China, with a distinct focus on humanities and social sciences. Renmin University is particularly known for its strength in law, economics, and journalism. Prof. Guangliang Zhang, a JMLS alum and adjunct professor, is a faculty of Renmin University.
National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan
Chiao Tung University was originally founded in the suburbs of Shanghai in 1896 as Nanyang College. The college initially focused only on politics, law, but later incorporated vocational programs, such as business, electrical engineering, shipping management, and railway management to its curricula. Since then, the college played a major role in science and engineering education in China. In 1921, the Ministry of Transportation combined the Nanyang College and three other colleges to form the Chiao Tung University (Chiao Tung means "transportation" in English). In 1957, alumni of the university decided to honor their alma mater in China and re-organized the National Chiao Tung University in Hsinchu, Taiwan. The university has since excelled in science and technology education in Taiwan. Today, Chiao Tung (or Jiaotong) Universities in Taiwan and China (Shanghai, Beijing, Xi'an, Southwest), which were originated from the same school, have formed a unified alumni network for the five universities. JMLS and the Institute of Technology Law of National Chiao Tung University have formed a joint-LLM degree program since 2004.
Government Entities and Courts
State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China
Formerly known as the Chinese Patent Office, State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) is the patent office of the People's Republic of China (PRC). It was founded in 1980 and is responsible for patent work and comprehensive coordination of foreign affairs in the field of intellectual property. Its headquarter is in Beijing and has provincial/local offices throughout China. The headquarter houses all executive officials, examiners, and reexaminers, while satellite offices serve as receiving offices for patent applications and perform selective administrative duties.
Copyright Office of the People's Republic of China
The Copyright Office of the People's Republic of China is responsible for (1) drafting bills concerning copyright law and implementing regulation, (2) examining copyright applications and registering copyrights, (3) guiding local copyright offices to perform administrative duties (e.g., investigating alleged copyright infringements), and (4) providing awareness to and educating the public about copyright protections.
Trademark Office under the State Administration For Industry and Commerce of the People's Republic of China
The Trademark Office under the State Administration for Industry and Commerce is in charge of the registration and administration of trademarks nationwide, specifically responsible for such issues as follow: (1) registering marks for goods, service marks, collective marks, certification marks, etc.; (2) dealing with oppositions to registered trademarks and other matters concerning modification, assignment, renewal, cancellation of registered trademarks and reissue of trademark certificates; (3) providing guidance to local administrative authorities for industry and commerce (AICs) in handling trademark infringement and counterfeiting cases; (4) determining and protecting well-know trademarks in accordance with law; (5) supervising the operation of trademark agencies; (6) drafting regulations and concrete measures in respect of trademark registration and administration; (7) implementing international trademark treaties and agreements in China, and (8) undertaking the international exchanges and cooperation in the field of trademark.
China Intellectual Property Training Center
The China Intellectual Property Training Center is nationally organized IP educational training center under the supervision of SIPO. It is responsible for creating curricula, lectures, workshops, and other educational programs for educating the Chinese public about intellectual property rights. The Center is also part of the WIPO Partner International Intellectual Property Training Institutes.
People's Republic of China Supreme People's Court
Supreme People's Court of People's Republic of China is the highest judicial organ in China and is responsible to the National People's Congress and its Standing Committee. Its structure comprises a judicial committee, or the highest judicial organization, and courts or the No. 1 Criminal Tribunal, the No. 2 Criminal Tribunal, the Civil Tribunal, the Economic Tribunal, the Administrative Tribunal, the Complaint and Appeal Tribunal and the Communication and Transportation Tribunal.
Intellectual Property Court of Taiwan, Republic of China
The Intellectual Property Court of Taiwan (IPC) was established on July 1, 2008 in compliance with the Intellectual Property Organization Act promulgated on March 28, 2007. The IPC is a specialized IP court with jurisdictions over cases, such as first instance and second instance of a civil action for the protection of intellectual property rights and interests under the Patent Act, Trademark Act, Copyright Act, Optical Disk Act, Trade Secrets Act, Regulations Governing the Protection of Integrated Circuits Configuration, Species of Plants and Seedling Act, and Fair Trade Act. The IPC has handled about 3973 cases since its inception (Last Updated November 30, 2010).
Taiwan Intellectual Property Office
Taiwan Intellectual Property Office is responsible for many aspects of intellectual property rights (patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets, integrated circuit layout, and related affairs), including: (1) examination, reexamination, invalidation, cancellation, appeal, etc., of patents; (2) examination, registration, opposition, review, appeal, extension, etc., of trademarks; (3) registration, inspection, etc., of copyright works; (4) registration and administration of integrated circuit layout; (5) drafts of IP related legislative bills and regulations; (6) public IP awareness programs; (7) management of compulsory licenses; and (8) IP information dissemination services.
- United States Patent and Trademark Office
- Opinions and Orders of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Opinions and Orders of the United States Supreme Court
- Abbott Labs
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company
Established in 1987, TSMC is the world's first dedicated semiconductor foundry. As the founder and a leader of the Dedicated IC Foundry segment, TSMC has built its reputation by offering advanced and "More-than-Moore" wafer production processes and unparalleled manufacturing efficiency. We are pleased to have Dr. Richard Thurston, the senior VP and General Counsel, as a distinguish lecturer for the CIPRC.
- Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
- McAndrews, Held & Malloy
- Nixon Peabody
King and Wood
King & Wood is a leading law firm in China, providing comprehensive legal solutions to multinational and Chinese clients across a broad range of cross-border and domestic transactions. With offices across China, Tokyo in Japan and Silicon Valley and New York, USA, King & Wood provides well-rounded transnational legal services to its clients. King & Wood is also one of the founding donors of the CIPRC.
CCPIT Patent & Trademark Law Office
CCPIT Patent & Trademark Law Office is the largest full-service intellectual property law firm in China with the longest history. It has over 470 staff including more than 230 patent and trademark attorneys, among whom near 60 have lawyer's qualification. CCPIT-Patent also has more than 80 patent engineers. With its main office in Beijing, we also have offices in New York, Munich, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Guangzhou. The firm provides prosecution, litigation, transaction and consultation services relating to patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, trade dress, domain name, anti-unfair competition and other intellectual property related matters.
Liu, Shen & Associates
Liu, Shen & Associates is a leading IP law firm in China. Since its establishment in March 1993, Liu, Shen & Associates has been designated by the Chinese government to deal with patent and trademark affairs involving overseas parties. The law firm's practice mainly focuses on filing and prosecution patent applications and registration of trademarks on behalf of foreign clients. The firm also handles intellectual property litigations, licensing and transfer of technology, joint ventures, e-commerce, appellate practices, as well as dispute resolutions before administrative authorities. Liu, Shen & Associates is also one of the founding donors of the CIPRC.
Fangda Partners is one of the first truly private partnership law firms in China and one of leading PRC law firms in the commercial field. The firm provides a wide range of legal services to Chinese and international clients in commercial areas such as capital markets, mergers and acquisitions, private equity, banking, structured finance, project finance, general corporate, inward investment, commercial property, tax, intellectual property, insolvency, telecommunications, media and Internet. Fangda Partners is also one of the founding donors of the CIPRC.
Unitalen Attorneys At Law
Unitalen Attorneys at Law is a full-service intellectual property law firm with many offices in China. Since its founding in 1994, Unitalen has assumed its place as China's preeminent intellectual property law firm in the country. Our staff, comprising of 500 attorneys, paralegals and law clerks, provides services to our firm's clients from our branch offices in Shanghai, Hangzhou, Wenzhou, Jinjiang, Haikou, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Changsha, Baoding, Kunming, Chengdu, Zhengzhou, Xi’an, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Changchun, Hefei and Dalian centrally coordinated by our Beijing headquarters.
Law Info China | 北大法宝
Lawinfochina.com is a Chinese leading legal information database established as a result of the collaborations between Beida Yinghua Corporation and Peking University Legal Information Center. It was the first Chinese legal information network on the Internet and continues to be a leader in legal online databases in China since the website when live in 1995. The CIPRC is grateful to lawinfochina.com for its generous support of giving one-year free subscription to its databases to JMLS students. To access the lawinfochina.com, click here.
Chinese IP related lawsuit Judgments & Decisions (Chinese language only)
Sponsored by IPR Division of the Supreme People’s Court of China and Chinacourt.org, this Chinese-language website includes a source of information for Chinese IPR Court decisions and opinions. The case documents are organized into seven categories: (1) copyright and related rights, (2) trademarks, (3) patents, (4) new varieties of plants, (5) unfair competition, (6) technology contracts, and (7) others (discovery and innovation, layout design of integrated circuits). Users can search the cases by one of the following criteria: category, case number, names of the parties, the cause of action, the date of decision, and the name of the court.
Chinese IP Law Search Tool
Sponsored by EU-China IPR2 Project (IPR2) and China International Electronic Commerce Center (CIECC), this website provides users with access to laws relevant to the protection and enforcement of IP in China tool and information source intended to help users find the legal resources on IPR protections in China.
China Intellectual Property Net
China Intellectual Property Net (CNIPR), maintained by Intellectual Property Publishing House, is a leading source of patent information dedicated to providing users the most complete, the most authoritative and the latest Chinese patent information. CNIPR offers specialized services centering on Chinese patent information search, Chinese patent information monitoring and patent document translation. It also provides data-related services such as patent search, document delivery, and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) patent search, as well as customized services, such as patent monitoring, patent translation and enterprise solution. Its Chinese patent search feature is free for a guest login (automatically provided by the website).
Internet Chinese Legal Research Center
This website was created and maintained by Mr. Wei Lou, lecturer in law and director of technical services at law librarian at Washington University School of Law Library, St. Louis, MO. The website provides links to Chinese (Mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong) legal resources on the Internet, legal research guides and other information related to Chinese legal research. The website was last modified on 2/21/2002.
Intellectual Property Protection in China
This website is maintained by Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) of the PRC. The English Version is currently the only comprehensive governmental portal in the field of IPR protection. It has become an authoritative site to publicize the government's efforts and achievements in IPR protection and provided strong public opinion support for international IPR negotiation and public relation.
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