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Dr Li Yahong 李亞虹

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Yahong Li, JSD & JSM (Stanford), is an Associate Professor and Director of LLM Program in Intellectual Property and Information Technology at the Department of Law.

Dr Li specializes in intellectual property (IP) law with a focus on cross-disciplinary study on IP and innovation. She has been twice  awarded Hong Kong government General Research Fund (GRF) to conduct research on the role of patents in biotech and pharmceutical industries, and the relationship between copyright and creativity. She has been invited to join international collaborative projects on, inter alia, patent and innovation, IP and prosumerism, digital China, copyright public domain, copyright law reform, and published widely on these topics including:

  • Patent and Innovation in China and Hong Kong: Two Systems in One Country Compared (ed.) (Cambridge University Press, 2017 forthcoming).
  • “Copyrightability of Remix Works and Creation of Remix Right,” in Susy Frankel (ed.), Intellectual Property as Funtional Pluralism (Edward Elgar, 2017 forth coming).
  • China’s Copyright Public Domain: A Comparison with Australia (co-authored with Graham Greenleaf), Australian Journal of Intellectual Property Law, No. 1, 2017.
  • “User-Generated Content from International and Chinese Law Perspectives,” Austrian Intellectual Property Law Journal " Medien und Recht - International", issue 4/2016.
  • Copyright, the Internet and the Balance of Rights (in Chinese) (ed.) (HKU Press, 2016)
  • “China,” in Lionel Bently (ed.), International Copyright Law and Practice (LexisNexis, 2015 onward)
  • Imitation to Innovation in China: the Role of Patents in Biotechology and Pharmaceutical Industries (Edward Elgar, 2010)
  • “Intellectual Property and Innovation: Case Studies of China’s High-Tech Industries”, Oregon Review of International Law, Issue 2, Vol. 13 (2012), pp. 101-144.
  •  “Intellectual Property and Public Health: Two Sides of the Same Coin,” Asian Journal of WTO & International Health Law and Policy, Vol. 6:389 [2011], pp. 389-427.
  • “Human Gene Patenting and Its Implications to Medical Research,” P. Yu (ed.), Intellectual Property and Information Wealth (Praeger, Westport, Connecticut, London, 2007), pp 347-376.

Dr Li has been awarded Faculty Outstanding Research Outputs for her books: “Imitation to Innovation in China: the Role of Patents in Biotechology and Pharmaceutical Industries (Edward Elgar, 2010), and International and Comparative Intellectual Property: Law, Policy and Practice (LexisNexis, 2005).

Dr Li was invited as a keynote speaker, speaker, chair or commentator in more than 100 international conferences, and as a Visiting Professor or Speaker for public lectures at, inter alia, CREATe Center, WIPO Summer School on IP, ARCIALA of SMU, Santa Clara U., Hong Kong Law Society, Shanghai Jiaotong U., Jinan U. and Zhongshan U. She was a Visiting Fellow or Scholar at Cambridge, Harvard, Max Planck Institute for Innovation & Competition, Taiwan Academia Sinica, and Melbourne U.

Dr Li is a member of International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in IP (ATRIP), a Council Member of China IP Law Research Association, a co-Legal Lead of Hong Kong Creative Commons, and an Honorary Advisor of Hong Kong Institute for Patent Attorneys.

Dr Li has supervised 10 PhD students and one MPhil student in the areas of patent protection in green technology, Traditional Chinese Medicines and telecommunications, patentability criteria, fair use doctrine, digital copyright issue, copyright and user generated content, international IP institutions, and criminal enforcement of copyright in Thailand, and was nominated for Outstanding Supervisor award. Currently, she teaches International and Comparative IP Law; Copyright and Creativity; and IP, Innovation and Development.