Upcoming events

Please note a few upcoming events, listed mostly in chronological order:

On February 28, 2012, Paul Jones and Xu Jing will be speaking in the Strafford live phone/web seminar entitled “IP Litigation in China“.  The panel will address challenges for IP protection in the Chinese court system.

On March 15, 2012, AmCham China, the United States Information Technology Office (USITO), Fordham University School of Law and the European Chamber of Commerce will host a conference on Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights.  The Conference will take place in Beijing. Second Circuit Judge Denny Chin, who is returning to China for the first time since he left as a child, will open the event as the keynote speaker, along with the Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy, Robert Wang.  Chief Judge Kong Xiangjun of the IPR Tribunal of the Supreme People’s Court is expected to moderate for Judge Chin.  A panel discussion of leading experts, including current and former government officials, academics and corporate IPR leaders will follow.  More information here. Continue reading

Kevin Kozak, US Customs Official Who Supported Engagement With China, Shot By Coworker

I was surprised to read in today’s press that Kevin Kozak, a Deputy Special Agent in Charge of the LA office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was shot by a co-worker.  Kevin is known to many of us who did training with the Chinese on Customs and criminal IP enforcement from about 2003-2006.  He traveled to China and hosted Chinese delegations in Southern California.  Kevin has unique qualifications as both a law enforcement office and an attorney who has actually prosecuted IP criminal cases.  He was able to contribute a wealth of experience to those discussions.  All of us who worked with Kevin wish him a speedy recovery.

Confronting Chinese Innovation Mercantilism

Interest in and discussion about innovation practices in China continues.  Here’s another upcoming conference, which sounds like it could elicit controversy, from ITIF (the Information Technology and Innovation Forum): “Confronting Chinese Innovation Mercantilism“.  According to the press release “China is unabashedly seeking to favor Chinese-owned firms in order to dominate practically all sectors, especially the higher value-added, innovation-based sectors. Yet, the Washington consensus response can be summed up in one word: patience.”.

A separate stream of discussion in Washington has been on Chinese state-owned enterprises, which ITIF alludes to, including hearings yesterday on Capitol Hill on the role of SOE’s [State Owned Enterprises].  Prof. Curtis Milhaupt from Columbia has also written an excellent paper on this topic describing the organization of SOE’s, but without any strong proscriptive language. Prof. Milhaupt also lectured at Fordham on Feb. 16.

In the long run, there is only way forward on all these issues: informed, principled, and respectful engagement.  It isn’t a simple matter of patience as the ITIF study suggests.  Hopefully serious programs and reports will help us all pursue a reasonable way of engaging China.