A Webinar Roundup

On September 15, 2020, USPTO is sponsoring a free webinar on “Safeguarding Trade Secrets in China’s China’s Changing IP Landscape” from 9:00-11:00 AM  EST.  Information is available here.  Speakers include Jerry Xia, whose analysis of recent trade secret cases was reported here, as well as Ran Ruixue (Covington), Mike Diehl (USPTO) and Liu Jing (Skyroam).  Full disclosure: I am not talking at this one.

On September 18, 2020, I will be participating in a panel an IP Counsel Café program on “Obtaining and Enforcing IP Rights Abroad” from 9:30 to 10:30 (PST).  Skip Fisher  (DLA Piper) will be moderating.  I will be joined by Thomas Chia (Via Licensing), Mike Mangelson (USPTO), Jennifer Johnson (Dupont), Xiao Chang (CISCO), Troy Grabow (Pax Labs), Srihari SK (K&S Partners, India), and Ryan Strom (Target).  I will be talking about disrupted supply chains and their potential impact on patent licensing and prosecution strategies.  See my draft SSRN paper on this topic here.  Further information on the program is also available here.    .

On September 24, 2020 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM, I will be participating in a discussion on the “Effects of Global Licensing” as part of the webinar series sponsored by The Innovation Alliance.  My co-panelists include Hon. Maureen Ohlhausen (Baker Botts), Prof. Walter G. Park (American University), and Chad Brown (Peterson Institute).  Patrick Kilbride from the US Chamber will be moderating.

On October 8, 2020 from 5-7 PST, I will be keynoting an IP discussion sponsored by the Asia Society of Northern California in their series “Seeking Truth from Facts.” We expect to have a great group of panelists. Further information is available here.

Did you miss the live programs? Some recordings of past events –

Pinduoduo released a podcast  with me on Spotify in May: “IP Protection for E-commerce in the Backdrop of  US-China Trade Agreement.

In April, I completed podcasts with IP Counsel Café’s Sandy Chan and Thomas Chia onThe US-China Trade War in an Election Year,” and  “The Impact of Covid19 on US-China Relations.”

Video recordings of the highly successful Berkeley China Law, Trade and IP series are now being progressively made available online under the “Past Events” menu at this link.  Webinars that have been released to date cover trade secrets, licensing, pharmaceutical issues, as well as empirical research of Chinese law, the Phase 1 Trade Agreement and developments in Chinese law, with many notable speakers, including Prof. Jerome A. Cohen, Craig Allen, Susan Finder, Wendy Cutler, Cui Guobin, and Robert Merges. The full series will be made available in about 45 more days (90 days after the live event).

Webinars, Comments and An Encomium

The Webinars: There several useful webinars that are scheduled for this month.  On July 23, 2020 the USPTO will be hosting a webinar on using overlapping rights to protect your products (10:30 AM-12:30 EST).  China has many efficient and low cost means for protecting design and other rights, including design patents, 3D trademarks,  applied art (copyright), as well as relevant anti-unfair competition law and civil law provisions.  This is an important and useful topic.  On July 28, the World Intellectual Property Review and Wanhuida law firm are co-hosting a webinar on how to deal with bad faith trademark registrations on (4 PM British Summer Time),  a topic that is also dear to my heart.  Both webinars are free.

Berkeley’s China IP series is over for 2020 and we are now planning on 2021.  Recordings of all sessions will be made available to the public in 90 days.  If you have any suggestions on how to further develop this successful program, please write to me.

The Comments: The post-Phase 1/post-pandemic lockdown flurry in China of legislation has elicited comments from the public.  The copyright law comments in China alone elicited  51,165 comments and 167,196 legislative suggestions.  Prof. Andy Sun’s comments on the copyright law are found through this link (Chinese only).  The ABA has also commented to the USPTO on the judicial interpretations recently released for public comment, which may be found through this link.  Please send us any comments that you have prepared!

The Encomium:  July 1 was the 90th birthday of Prof. Jerome A. Cohen.  Jerry’s fans are legion, and I am also grateful for his support of my own efforts in academia.  Here is a recording of the opening webinar we did on April 22, 2020 at Berkeley on developments in Chinese law with Jerry Cohen,  Susan Finder and Sean Randolph.  I join Jerry’s many admirers in wishing him many more years of health, happiness and helping to make the world a better place.  Here is one encomium that was written by Jim McGregor.