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March 30, 2011

Oregon Law to host symposium on Chinese intellectual property April 8

A 'who's-who' list of experts to examine global effects of Chinese IP and IT regulations

With the world’s second largest economy, the largest base of internet and mobile phone users, a leading position as an exporter of information technology products, and a population that consumes mass quantities of domestic and global media and entertainment products, China’s regulation of knowledge and information — through intellectual property laws and information technology regulations — has effects far beyond its borders.

The Oregon Review of International Law (ORIL) and University of Oregon Confucius Institute will welcome a highly distinguished group of China technology and innovation policy experts, both international and domestic, for “China’s Role in Regulating the Global Information Economy.”

The symposium, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, in room 175 of the Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St. in Eugene, will examine the effects that a rising China’s intellectual property and information technology regulations are bound to have in an increasingly global information economy, and the international implications of China’s innovation policies and standards.

Among the experts participating in this timely event are Peter Yu of Drake University Law School, who will be delivering the keynote address; the Hon. Sharon R. Barner, deputy under secretary of commerce for Intellectual Property and deputy director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (2009-2011); Mark Cohen, director of International Intellectual Property at Microsoft Corporation; Thomas Hart, senior advisor at China Academy of Telecommunication Research and visiting professor at China Southwest University for Finance and Economics; and Denis Simon, the University of Oregon’s new vice provost for International Affairs, a renowned expert in Chinese business practices and technological innovation policy.

ORIL is a student-run journal that publishes articles by academics, practitioners, and students addressing current legal topics in international law and policy.

Symposium information and registration is available at www.law.uoregon.edu/org/oril/symposium.

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