2017 China IP Summer Program

Destination Beijing & Shanghai!

The John Marshall Law School's Center for Intellectual Property Law and Chinese Intellectual Property Resource Center will again offer 2017 China IP Summer Program in Beijing from June 4 - June 30, 2017.  This is the only ABA-Approved Summer Program specialized in IP in China since 2011.

With the success we had past years, we will continue to bring the program to Shanghai.  In the first week of the program, we will be in Shanghai and will also conduct classes in Shanghai at Tonji University Law School with Chinese students.

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.

Information Session on February 1, 2017 at 12 - 1:30 pm.  Please watch the monitor sign for room assignment and register here.

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 6/13/2017):
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 in Shanghai Sightseeing Sightseeing Class 1 with Chinese students and attorneys attending the session at Tonji University Class 1 with Chinese students and attorneys attending the session at Tonji University Sightseeing  Leave for Beijing
1:30 - 4:30 Arrival in Shanghai Visit Law Firm King & Wood Mallesons (Count towards to class 1)   Arrival in Beijing
  6/11 6/12 6/13 6/14 6/15 6/16 6/17
9:00 - 12:40   Class 1: Guest lecture by Presiding Judge Zhang Xiaojin of Beijing IP Court Class 3 Attend guest lecture by Judge Kendall at Beijing IP Court (attendance count towards Class 1)

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

Great wall (Mu Tian Yu)  
1:30 - 4:30   Orientation of SIPO Training Center Mandatory Visit to SIPO (Count towards class 1) Sightseeing: Summer Palace    
  6/18 6/19 6/20 6/21 6/22 6/23 6/24
9:00 - 12:40     Class 3 Class 3 Class 1 Dragon Boat activity Class 3
1:30 - 4:30     Mandatory visit (count toward class 1) Sightseeing Getting to Know the SIPO by Director General Liu, SIPO (Count toward class 1) Mandatory visit (count toward class 1)  
  6/25 6/26 6/27 6/28 6/29 6/30 7/1
9:00 - 12:40  

Class 1

Class 3 Class 1 Class 3 Class 1 & Review Departure
1:30 - 4:30     Corporation visit (count toward class 1) Sightseeing (TBD)   Farewell dinner Departure

*Note: Please see the first paragraph for the starting date of the course offering calendar.

***Note: Blue denotes the program activities are held in Beijing and green denotes that the program in Shanghai.  The travel dates may be subject to change.


Program Highlight

  • As part of our 8th Annual US-China IP Comparative Mock Trial program, we will focus on the topic of Trade Secrets this year in Beijing.  We are thrilled to have Honorable Judge Virginia Kendall of US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois presiding over the mock trial.  In addition, we thank the law firm of Brinks Gilson & Lione who has dispatched two of its top IP litigators in the area of trade secret.

Class 1: International Intellectual Property Law Survey (Law 294)

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; four 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 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. (Professor Seng; two credit hours).



$1,540.00 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.

Internship/Externship Opportunity

We are working with Chinese law firms for internship or externship placements for up to one month after or before the summer program, depending on the starting date of the summer program.  Separate application to the internship/externship is required and space is limited.  Application material includes your resume and transcript of your undergraduate degree and first semester of law school.

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 15 and full payment due no later than May 31.  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 5.

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.