2016 China IP Summer Program


Unfortunately, this year's program has been cancelled.  Thank you for visiting the program page.  See you next year.


Destination Beijing & Shanghai!

The John Marshall Law School's Center for Intellectual Property Law and Chinese Intellectual Property Resource Center will again offer 2016 China IP Summer Program in Beijing from June 6 - July 1, 2016.  This is the only ABA-Approved Summer Program specialized in IP in China since 2011.

With the success we had last year, we will continue to bring the program to Shanghai.  In the last week of the program, we will be in Shanghai and will also conduct the Sino-US IP Mock Trial in Shanghai.

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.

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 1/5/2016) (subject to enrollment):
Time Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
  6/4 6/5 6/6 6/7 6/8 6/9 6/10
9:00 - 12:40 Arrival Class 1 or Class 4 Class 2 or Class 3 Class 1 or Class 4 Class 2 or Class 3 Sightseeing (Dragon Boat Festival)  
1:30 - 4:30 Arrival   Training Center orientation Mandatory visit (and 2 hour toward class 2)   Sightseeing (tentative)  
  6/11 6/12 6/13 6/14 6/15 6/16 6/17
9:00 - 12:40   Class 1 or Class 4 Class 2 or Class 3 Class 1 or Class 4

Class 2 or Class 3

Sightseeing Class 1 or Class 2
1:30 - 4:30   Mandatory visit (and 2 hours toward class 1)          
  6/18 6/19 6/20 6/21 6/22 6/23 6/24
9:00 - 12:40   Class 1 or Class 4 Class 2 or Class 3 Class 1 or Class 4 Class 2 or Class 3 Comparative IP Mock Trial (total of 440 minutes towards class 2) Class 1 or Class 2
1:30 - 4:30     Mandatory visit (and 80 minutes toward class 3) Mandatory visit (and 80 minutes toward class 4)    
  6/25 6/26 6/27 6/28 6/29 6/30 7/1
9:00 - 12:40 Travel to Shanghai

Comparative IP Mock trial (total of 440 minutes towards class 1)

Sightseeing Sightseeing Sightseeing Sightseeing Departure
1:30 - 4:30 Arrive in Shanghai Sightseeing Sightseeing Sightseeing Farewell dinner Departure

***Note: Blue denotes the program activities are held in Beijing and green denotes that the program in Shanghai.

Program Highlight

  • To be announced soon.

Class 1: US Intellectual Property Law Survey (Law 113)

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 in the last week of the course.  (Professor Yuan; three credit hours)

Class 2: International Law Seminar: Comparative IP Protection Issues in China and the US (Law 191)

This course examines features of Chinese and American IP laws that have figured prominently in recent efforts to develop and enforce IP 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. (Professor Zhang; three credit hours)

Class 3: Current Legal Issues: The First Amendment Confronts New Technology (Law 287)

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 a

nd 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)

Class 4: US Patent Law Fundamentals (Law 287)

This course aims to provide the students with introductory and fundamental understanding of US patent law.  The course will cover the US Patent Law before and after the passage of America Invents Act (AIA). (Professor Economou; two credit hours).



$1,517.00 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 last 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, 4-lane bowling alley, 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.

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 9, 2016, and full payment due no later than May 31, 2016.  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 4, 2016.

Program Director and Administration:    Program Director: Professor Michael Seng; Program 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.