2012 China IP Summer Program

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Program Information For Download:

To register, please follow instructions in and complete forms below:

  • Application Form. Click here for fillable PDF form.
  • USD$400.00 non-refundable deposit, which will be applied toward overall program fees, by April 9, 2012
  • Relevant application fee, if any, by April 9, 2012
  • Relevant attachment, if any, by April 9, 2012

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Program Focus

John Marshall’s 2012 China Summer Program focuses on the growing role of China in intellectual property (IP) law.  The courses will emphasize Chinese laws and legal institutions governing IP, as well as transnational border issues between China and the United States.

A highlight of the China IP Summer Program in China will feature Chief Judge James F. Holderman of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois presiding over the Fifth Sino-US comparative mock trial program.  Other special lectures by Chief Judge Holderman will also be included.  The simulation of Chinese proceedings will be assisted by Professor Guangliang Zhang of Renmin University, who was a former Acting Chief Judge of the Intellectual Property Tribunal, Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court.

In addition, a survey course of U.S. IP laws is offered for students beginning their IP studies and those who wish to have a background in this important area of law.  A course on issues involving the First Amendment and emerging technologies is also offered.  


Credit for these courses is offered to John Marshall students, and transfer credit for this ABA-approved summer program will be available to students from other ABA-approved law schools in accordance with the rules of their home institutions (before enrolling, students from other schools should confirm with their home institutions that credits from this program will transfer).  Students must have finished at least one year of law school studies by the time the summer program starts and must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 2.5 or higher.


  • Transborder IP Protection (Professor Benjamin Liu, 1 credit hour)

    The protection of IP rights across borders presents new challenges to IP regimes that traditionally observe national limits.  This course studies legal mechanism that has emerged in response to increased transborder movement of goods: national customs intercepts infringing goods at the border; civil litigations in the courts may involve oversea patentees and infringers; and international technology transfer contracts bind parties across jurisdictions.  An examination of these mechanisms explores ways to enforce territorial IP rights in an increasingly borderless world. 

  • Current Legal Issues: The First Amendment Confronts New Technology (Professor Michael Seng, 1 credit hour)

    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.  There is no final exam; a paper is required.

  • International Law Seminar: Comparative IP Protection Issues in China and the US (Professor Guangliang Zhang, 2 credit hours)

    This course examines features of Chinese and American IP laws that have figured prominently in recent efforts to develop and enforce intellectual property interests in China. It will emphasize the means that US concerns are using to protect their intellectual property interests in China, as well as some of the perceived advantages and disadvantages of those methods. The class content will include an introduction to the intellectual property system of China, including enforcement issues. Students will prepare a research paper on a topic related to IP in China.  There is no final exam; a paper is required.

  • Intellectual Property Survey (Professors Maureen Collins and Arthur Yuan, 3 credit hours)

    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. No technical background is expected or required. Grading will be based on a final examination.


  • Tuition: $1,370 per credit hour;
  • Housing: $980 per student (double occupancy; $850 additional for single);
  • Food: $560 per student;
  • Instructional fees: $160 per student (including all tours);
  • Airfare: arranged and paid for by each student.

     Housing accommodations for students will be provided at Peking University’s foreign student housing facility. Internet access is available in the rooms. The housing facility is a 10-minute walk from the classrooms and the main dining facility.  The China IP Summer Program will include several educational and sightseeing tours as part of the cost of the program. Educational tours will include visits to the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and major IP law firm(s) in China. Sightseeing trips may include visits to the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven. 

Half Program Options

    Students taking only Current Legal Issues: The First Amendment Confronts New Technology (weeks one and two; one credit hour) may enroll for only the first half of the program. Students taking only Transborder IP Protection (weeks three and four; one credit hour) and/or International Law Seminar: Comparative IP Protection Issues in China and the U.S. (weeks three and four; two credit hour) can enroll for only the second half of the program. In these cases, the fees for housing, food, and instructional costs shall be half the above amounts.

   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.

     For more information, please contact Arthur Yuan, Executive Director, Chinese Intellectual Property Resource Center, 312.994.1106, ayuan"at" jmls.edu.

Courses in the program will be available for CLE credits at a rate of approximately 10 CLE hours per class credit hour. For more information on CLE options, please contact Arthur Yuan as above.