Antitrust and Licensing on June 3, plus Standards, Data and E-Commerce: Plenty for Everybody

The US-China trade war began with disputes over the transfer of technology to China, including forced technology transfer.  How much has the licensing environment improved for the foreign business community? How will China’s developing antitrust regime affect foreign businesses seeking to monetize their IP in China?  Considering joining us at next week’s webinar (June 03, 2020, 4:30 – 5:45 PM PST) (previous posting had a typo!).  The speakers are Hao Yuan (Tsinghua Law School/Berkeley Law); Stuart Chemtob (Wilson Sonsini); Deng Fei (Charles River Associates); David Dutcher (Western Digital) and Robert Merges (Berkeley Law). Here is the link to the series description, and to the registration. This series/program incurs a charge, except for students/media/BCLT and other benefactors.

In another licensing-related development, on June 16, 2020, from 12-1pm EDT,  I will be speaking along with Jim Harlan, Senior Director, Standards & Competition Policy, InterDigital, Inc on the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) ban of Huawei and its effect on global Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs). This program is sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Standards and Open Source Committee.  Non-AIPLA members may join this open event.  Call: +1 (347) 991-7204, passcode 251151532.

A video of the recent webinar we hosted at Berkeley on “Following the Data: What the Latest Research Says About China’s Legal and IP Environment” with Ben Liebman, Tobias Smith, Fei Deng, Melissa Schneider and Robert Merges is found here.  China Daily’s reporting on the IP Aspects of that program is found here.

Finally, I recently was interviewed by Pinduoduo on e-commerce regulation in China and IP.  Here is a link to the podcast on Spotify.

USPTO China Position Open for Applications

The US Patent and Trademark Office has posted an Attorney Adviser position on Chinese IP matters.  The position is open for applicants now and closes January 30, 2014. 

The position is open to US citizens.  It involves assisting the the Senior Counsel for Policy-China in the Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA), and the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and the Director of the USPTO.

More specifically, the successful applicant will manages a collection of resources related to intellectual property and innovation issues in China, and will also monitor new developments and conduct on-line research using Chinese and foreign sources.  The position also involves researching, coordinating and supporting analyses of Chinese intellectual property issues by analyzing existing data, developing an effective platform for aggregating IP-related data, and determining where additional data may be needed.

Requirements also include a law degree, a minimum of one year relevant legal experience, the ability to conduct research in Chinese, and experience in conducting data-driven analysis of IP trends in China by analyzing current patent, trademark, and copyright trends in China, Chinese IP trends in the U.S. market, IP acquisitions, and other statistical data.

The specific requirements for the position are found at:

Here is a recent speech on USPTO’s activities in China, which mentions its efforts to collect statistical data: