Pre-2009 Timeline

March 1993—

Dr. Lulin Gao, Director General of the Chinese Patent Office and the first Commissioner of State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), met with John Marshall Dean Howard T. Markey and Associate Dean Robert Gilbert Johnston in Chicago.

February 1994—

John Marshall Law School and the SIPO signed the first agreement to provide training programs.

August 1994—

John Marshall Law School began a 12-week training program for SIPO examiners.

October 1996—

John Marshall Law School joins with the SIPO and Zhejiang University to present an international conference on Intellectual Property Protection held in the city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.

November 1997—

John Marshall Law School expanded the China training program to six months.


Dean Robert Gilbert Johnston and Commissioner Jiang Ying signed a new agreement expanding the cooperation to offer dual LLM degrees in IP to students from the SIPO Training Center, Chinese judges, attorneys, and legal professionals who are enrolled at the China University of Political Science and Law LLM program.

June 2000—

John Marshall Law School professors conducted lectures on the rule of law in Shanghai and Shenyang, under the auspices of the US Information Agency.

June 2001—

John Marshall Law School awarded the first LLM degree to a Chinese judge, Guangliang Zhang, who presided at the Intellectual Property Tribunal of the first Intermediate Court in Beijing, China.

January 2002—

John Marshall Law School awarded LLM degrees to 14 examiners/re-examiners from the State Intellectual Property Training Center.

September 2002—

John Marshall Law Schools hosted 21 judges and prosecutors from Jilin Province as visiting scholars for six months.

May 2003—

Dean Robert Gilbert Johnston and Dean Chenfu Hou of Jilin University School of Law signed a joint LLM degree arrangement.


  • Dean Patricia Mell and President of National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan Chun-Yen Chang signed a LLM degree cooperation agreement.
  • Dean Patricia Mell and Commissioner Jingchuan Wang sign an agreement extending the John Marshall Law School/SIPO relationship until 2014.
  • John Marshall Law School initiateed its first Chinese law study tour for American attorneys, John Marshall students, and faculty.


Internship program for John Marshall Law School students begins at Chinese law firms and Taiwan businesses.


First class of SIPO examiners comes to The John Marshall Law School for intensive training.


  • Dean John Corkery and Professor Richard Gruner met with Professor Shengli Zheng, dean of the new International Intellectual Property Program (IIPP) at the Peking University, in preparation for a cooperative relationship with The John Marshall Law School. The formal agreement is signed in December 2007.
  • Six Jilin University School of Law students are awarded LLM degrees by The John Marshall Law School.
  • Dr. Gao taught the first Master Class at The John Marshall Law School.
  • Dean John Corkery and Dean Xu Weidong of Jilin Law School sign a revised agreement for Jilin students to extend their studies at The John Marshall Law School to one year.


  • Taiwan inaugurated its first specialized intellectual property Court, comprised of one chief judge and eight justices. Among the nine selected judges, two of them, Judge Grace Tsai and Judge Jack Wang, are JMLS alumni of IP LLM degrees.
  • The first US and Chinese Comparative IP Trial was held during the first John Marshall Law School China Summer Program in Beijing. Chief Judge James Holderman, the chief judge of the federal district court for the norther district of Illinois, presided over the mock trial.


  • The John Marshall Law School and China’s State Intellectual Property Office celebrate the 15th anniversary of their cooperative agreement.
  • The John Marshall Law School conducts the first American Bar Association-approved study tour in China for US law students.