Program Information:

  • Course schedule
  • Student handbook (with additional information on visa to China and immunization, etc.)
  • Program brochure
  • Application for Visiting Student (i.e., non-JMLS law students)
  • Student Registration Form (required for all participants)
  • Agreement and Release for Participation in International Studies Program

     The 2011 “China IP 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 broader business law issues surrounding foreign uses of IP in China and elsewhere.      A highlight of the China IP Summer Program in China will feature Chief Judge Randall R. Rader of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit presiding over a Sino-US comparative appellate moot court program (the fourth such comparative moot court program organized by JMLS in China since 2008). Other special lectures or programs by Chief Judge Rader may also be included. Courses:


  • Current Legal Issues: IP in International Business Organizations (1 credit hour)

    This course examines the legal problems US businesses face as they develop and use intellectual property in foreign settings. Students will analyze problems encountered as businesses are founded, financed, expanded, transferred to others, or terminated. The development and use of IP in China will be emphasized in evaluating these types of business law problems and their potential solutions. Grading will be based on a research paper on a topic related to the business roles and impacts of IP interests. (Professor Gruner).  There is no final exam; a paper is required.

  • Current Legal Issues: The First Amendment Confronts New Technology (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. (Professor Seng) There is no final exam; a paper is required.

  • International Law Seminar: Comparative IP Protection Issues in China and the US (1 credit hour)

    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. (Professor Zhang) There is no final exam; a paper is required.

  • Intellectual Property Survey (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 in the last week of the course. (Professors McGrath and Yuan)  Final exam.


  • Tuition: $1,315 per credit hour;
  • Housing: $920 per student (double occupancy; $770 additional for single);
  • Food: $485 per student;
  • Instructional fees: $125 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 for a small charge. 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 a major IP law firm in China. Sightseeing trips may include visits to the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heaven.      Students have the option of taking half of the program. In that case, 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.

     To register or 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.