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The John Marshall Law School offers one ABA-approved study abroad program in intellectual property law in Beijing, China. This program is open to law students from any law school. The JMLS China Summer Program began in the summer of 2008, a couple of months before the 2008 Summer Olympics.
In the inaugural program, Prof. Richard Gruner of JMLS former Director of Center for Intellectual Property Law led a group of 12 students and US lawyers to Peking University in Beijing, China. He and Prof. Guangliang Zhang of Peking University at the time taught US and Chinese IP courses in Peking University. JMLS was also privileged to have Chief Judge James Holderman of the United District Court for the Northern District of Illinois presiding over a comparative mock trial of a patent infringement case.
In the morning of the day of the mock trial, Chinese attorneys representing the parties and a panel of three Chinese judges, with Prof. Zhang presiding, showed more than 200 audiences how a Chinese patent infringement lawsuit is conducted. Prof. Zhang was a former acting Chief Judge of Intellectual Property Tribunal in Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People's Court and has heard many Chinese patent infringement cases during his tenure. As such, once the arguments from the parties were over, the panel of judges retired to a separate judge's chamber to discuss not only procedural issues raised by the parties, but also technical details and damage issues involving the case. The audience was able to see and hear their discussions through a live video feed from the judge's chamber.
In the afternoon session, Chief Judge Holderman presided over the US portion of the mock trial with US lawyers from Brinks, Hoffer, Gilson & Lione showcaseing how patent trials are conducted in the US. JMLS students also served as jurors, and their deliberation in the deliberation room was live-fed to the main conference room so that the US attorneys and audiences were able to observe the debates among the jurors simultaneously. For more details and photos of the 2008 program, please check out the 2008 page.
The success of the first JMLS China Summer Program 2008 led to another successful JMLS China Summer Program in 2009. In addition, JMLS was able to receive the ABA accreditation. For more details of the 2009 program, please check out the 2009 page.
With the ABA accreditation in 2009, many non-JMLS students were also able to be enriched by the JMLS China Summer Program. Thus, in the 2010 JMLS China Summer Program, US law students from Fordham University, Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, as well as US practicing patent attorneys, participated in the 3rd annual summer program. Chief Judge Holderman was also kind enough to preside over a mock trial of a copyright infringement case in addition to teaching a special IP course of working with experts in IP litigation with his wife and adjunct professor, Paula H. Holderman. For more information, please check out the 2010 page.
The 2011 “China IP Summer Program” continued its succsses from the last three years. In addition, instead of another mock trial, the John Marshall Law School was honored to have Chief Judge Randall R. Rader of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to preside over a Sino-US comparative appellate moot court program. The program was very well-attended by over 200 participants, among them, judges, patent office officials, patent attorneys, patent examiners, and students from law schools in Beijing. For more information, please check out the 2011 page.