Professor Gruner led a group of John Marshall students and practicing lawyers to Beijing in the summer of 2008 as part of John Marshall’s Chinese IP Law Study Tour. This tour involved two weeks of instruction at the John Marshall campus in Chicago and an additional 11 days at Peking University Law School. At Peking University, the John Marshall students received additional instruction and participated in joint discussions with Peking University law students on comparative methods for enforcing IP rights in Chinese and American courts. While in Beijing, the John Marshall students also participated in a day-long comparative litigation program co-sponsored by John Marshall and Peking University. This program demonstrated how the same patent infringement case would be litigated in US and Chinese courts. This session was attended by numerous Chinese officials, lawyers, and law students, in addition to the John Marshall students participating in the study tour.

Overseeing the US litigation portion of this session was Chief Judge James Holderman of the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, with the assistance of Glen P. Belvis (at that time) and David S. Fleming — partners at the Chicago law firm of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione — who acted as opposing counsels in the simulated case. Overseeing the Chinese litigation portion of the program was Guangliang Zhang (LL.M. ’01), former acting chief judge of the Intellectual Property Tribunal, Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court, and now a professor at the China University of Political Science and Law and an adjunct professor at Peking University Law School and The John Marshall Law School. Professor Zhang is a graduate of John Marshall’s IP LL.M. program. In addition to this comparative litigation program, John Marshall students participating in the study tour also visited with Chinese government officials and lawyers in Beijing. Hosts for these visits in Beijing included Dr. Lulin Gao and Guoliang Lu (LL.M. ’02), director general of the International Cooperation Department of State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China. Download here for a copy of the summer program brochure.