John Ohnesorge Partners with Nanjing University Faculty to Bring IP Workshop to China

Building on two decades of collaboration, teams from the law schools at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Nanjing University held a joint workshop on intellectual property May 23 in Nanjing, the capital of China’s Jiangsu Province.

“As two of the world’s top research universities, UW and Nanjing University are centers for discovery and innovation,” said UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank in her remarks at the conclusion of the workshop. “As we create the technologies that will shape the future, we must also work to create more informed policies on intellectual property and licensing. This workshop is an important step in that direction.”

Prof. John Ohnesorge

UW-Madison Law Professor John Ohnesorge, director of the East Asian Legal Studies Center, organized the China-US Intellectual Property Workshop together with his colleague (and former UW Law School visiting scholar), Nanjing University Law Professor Xu Difeng. The daylong event consisted of three sessions – on the role of IP in high-tech industrialization, strategies for startups, and university tech transfer in China and the U.S. – and concluded with a roundtable discussion moderated by attorney Kening Li, who is an alum of both NJU (bachelor of science), and UW-Madison (Ph.D. 1995, J.D. with honors 1998).


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