Benjamin Liu – Losing a Dear Colleague

I received  today the very sad news that Benjamin Liu, a Professor at John Marshall Law School, who was especially strong in biotech issues, passed away yesterday, Dec. 1, 2014.

Benjamin was a young scholar at JMLS who showed much promise. He participated in several programs where I spoke or that I helped organize.  He was always a welcome and strong addition.  He maintained broad interests in IP, Chinese law and rule of law.  And yes, I have blogged about him here.

There is a relatively small community of American academics and lawyers who closely follow Chinese IP law, and he will be deeply missed by us all.

JMLS sent around the following announcement about Benjamin:  “Ben was a remarkable scholar, a much beloved teacher, and a kind and thoughtful colleague.  The school is struggling to come to terms with this deep loss.  Ben will be missed by his John Marshall family, as well as by his wife Chelsea, and two young sons Avery and Derek, upon whom he doted.”

JMLS also notes that It will advise when it has more information about a memorial and for a donation fund for his children.  In the meantime, it is collecting stories and memories of Ben for a scrapbook for his family.  JMLS also advises that if you would like to contribute a few sentences or more, please email them to

For a young scholar with such promise, the Hebrew  words of condolence seem most appropriateז״ל — May his memory be a blessing.

Here’s Benjamin’s faculty bio:

Here’s a tribute by another blogger:



Back to School on Chinese IP

Law schools in North America will soon be back in session, and I thought it would be a useful to do a roundup of academic programs on Chinese IP, focusing on programs for United States students.  Based on data and my own personal experience, the pipeline of talented young American law students who are interested in IP and speak Chinese remains thin, especially when compared to the rapid growth of interest in China-IP related activities.  However, as this blog suggests, it is growing. Continue reading

China Transitions: Where People Went in 2011, And Where They Are Headed

Looking back on 2011 and into 2012, it has been a year with considerable transition for individuals following IP issues in China.

There were some important lateral changes in the private sector.   With the Hogan Lovells merger, Doug Clark went to Hong Kong, and Horace Lam left Hogan Lovells for Jones Day in China.  Former Supreme People’s Court IPR Chief Judge, Jiang Zhipei, left the Fangda Partners for King and Wood.  Meanwhile, King and Wood, which already had a large China IP practice, merged with the Australian law firm, Mallesons, which has a Chinese IP practice.  Amongst the more recent retirees from the Chinese government, Xu Chao, of the National Copyright Administration, and Yin Xintian, of the State Intellectual Property Office, both left the government for the Wanhuida law firm.  An Qinghu, the former Director General in charge of the Chinese Trademark Office, also left his parent agency, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, to work for the Chinese Trademark Association. Continue reading