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Dr Li Yahong 李亞虹

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Conference Contributions/Conference Papers

Keynote speeches and opening remarks:

  1. Opening speech: “Copyright and Creativity,” in Ottawa-HKU Conference on Technology, Law and the Public Interest, HKU, 10-11 April 2014.
  2. Keynote speech: “Reflections on Centennial Transplantation and Integration of Chinese and Western Copyright Laws,” at International Forum on the Centennial of Chinese Copyright Legislation, held at Renmin University, Beijing, on 14-15 October 2010.
  3. Keynote speech, “Internet Technology and Intellectual Property Protection” in Symposium on i-Management – Challenges and Opportunities, organized by IET Hong Kong Management Section and IEEE Hong Kong Engineering Management Chapter in Hong Kong, 6 June 2008.
  4. Keynote Speaker in Symposium 2000: Hong Kong – An Intellectual Property Gate Way, organized by Hong Kong Bar Association, Hong Kong Institute of Trade Mark Practitioners, and Law Society of Hong Kong, 7-8 November 2000.


Invited public lectures and seminars

  1. “Remix and Copyright Protection,” Public Lecture at Jinan University Law School, Guangzhou, 17 November 2016.
  2. “Copyrightability of Remixes,” Public Lecture at Zhejiang Caijing University Law School, 10 November 2016.
  3. “Patent and Innovation from a Comparative Perspective,” Pubic Lecture at Zhejiang University Law School, Hangzhou, 9 November 2016.
  4. “The Protection of User’s Rights in Copyright,” Public Lecture at Tongji University Law School, Shanghai, 7 November 2016.
  5. “IP Policies on Innovation: US, China and India compared,”  seminar at Academia Sinica, Taiwan, 7 October 2016.
  6. “Government’s Position and Public Debates on User-Generated Content and Fair Use in Hong Kong,” CREATe Lecture Series, Glasgow University, 25 May 2016.
  7. “Patent and Innovation in China,” Public Lecture at the Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia, Singapore Management University, 14 March 2016.
  8. “The Balance of Interests in Intellectual Property Law,” Public Lecture at Jinan University Law School, Guangzhou, 7 June 2013.
  9. “The Boundaries of Intellectual Property Law,” Public Lecture at Zhongshan University Law School, Guangzhou, 6 June 2013.
  10. “Searching for the Boundaries of Intellectual Property Law,” Public Lecture at Shanghai University Law School, 3 June 2013.
  11. “Changes in Chinese Patent Law and the Impact on Innovation in China,” Seminar at Center for Intellectual Property and Information Law, Cambridge University, 5 May 2013.
  12. “Challenges of High and New Technologies in the 21th Century to Intellectual Property Law,” public lecture at the Southwestern University of Political Science and Law, Chongqing, China, May 2005.


Invited chairperson, discussant or commentator

  1. Response to Prof. Orabhund Panuspatthna’s Staff Seminar on “Intellectual Property Management: Lessons from Thailand,” City University of Hong Kong, 20 June 2017.
  2. Chairperson, “Copyright in the Asian Pacific: the Challenges and Opportunities, the 2016 Asian Pacific Copyright Association Conference, HKU, 21-22 November 2016.
  3. Chairperson, 2015 HKU-Peking U Joint Research Center Annual Conference, Hong Kong 23 October 2015.
  4. Moderator in the invited-only Working Meeting, The Interplay Between Innovation and Law, organized by Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Fudan University and University of St. Gallen, Shanghai, 15 August 2014.
  5. Moderator, Value Pluralism and Intellectual Property Law, organized by the Faculty of Law, the University of Hong Kong, 10 June 2014.
  6. Moderator in the invited-only Working Meeting, The Interplay between Innovation and Law, Perspectives from China, Europe and the US, organized by Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Fudan Univ. and Univ. of St. Gallen, Shanghai, 23 August 2013.
  7. Respondent, Media Piracy in Emerging Economies, American Assembly of Columbia University and Centre for Chinese Media and Comparative Communication Research of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 13 June 2013.
  8. Moderator, Charting the New Frontiers of Intellectual Property Protection of Luxury Goods, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong, 15 -16 June, 2012.
  9. Moderator, Changing Conditions, Rethinking Rules: Roundtable on Intellectual Property Law and Policy, Law & Technology Center, University of Hong Kong and Drake University, Hong Kong, 7 January 2012
  10. Chairperson, 2011 HKU-Peking U Joint Research Center Annual Conference, Hong Kong 9 December 2011.
  11. Chairperson, From Economic Development to Human Flourishing: The Case of China, Centre for Chinese Law, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 6-7 December 2011.
  12. Discussant, Knowledge Exchange Conference: 3+3+4 Symposia, the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 5-6 December 2011.
  13. Chairperson, The Age of Digital Divergence: An East-West Dialogue on Law, Media and Technology, University of Hong Kong, 12-13 June 2009
  14. Chairperson, Legal Development in East Asia: China-Vietnam Compared, University of Hong Kong, 4-5 December 2008.
  15. Commentator, 2008 Cross-Strait Conference on Legal Development, University of Hong Kong, 21-22 November 2008.
  16. Chairperson, 2nd Annual LawTech Asia Summit, CMS, Hong Kong, 16-17 April 2008.
  17. Commentator, China's Participation in the WTO: Changing China, Changing the World, Hong Kong, 21-22 February 2005.
  18. Chairperson, “Patents and Biotech” in conference IP3: Intellectual Property, Innovation Policies and International Perspectives, Faculty of Law of HKU and the IP & Communications Law Program at Michigan State University, 9-10 December 2005.
  19. Commentator in UNCTD/ICTSD Regional Dialogue: "Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Sustainable Development," Hong Kong, 8-10 November 2004.
  20. Commentator, State Reforms and Social Stability in China, French Centre for Research on Contemporary China, Institute of East Asian Studies of the Gerhard Mercator University (Duisburg, Germany), Dept. of Government and Public Administration of the Chinese U. of Hong Kong and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (­Shanghai), Hong Kong, 5-6 July 2002.
  21. Commentator, Fostering Creativity in Asian Industries: Intellectual Property Law Symposium, European Commission and Macau Institute of European Studies, Macau, 14-15 June 2001.
  22. Discussant, 20 Years Development and Reform of the System of National People’s Congress, Center for the System of People’s Congress Studies, Peking University Law School, 11 December 1999.
  23. Discussant, Economic Reform and Political Change: the Review of China’s 20 Years Reform, Sino-European Association and the Center of Pacific Century, Hong Kong,11-12 December 1998.
  24. Discussant, Reform of China’s Adjudicative System, HKU Faculty of Law and the Legal Education Trust Fund, HKU, 5 December 1998.
  25. Discussant, New Developments in Chinese Law, Peking University Law School, HKU, 10 December 1998.


Invited conference presentations

  1. “Comparative Assessment of the Role of Patents in Innovation in the U.S., China and Hong Kong,” Symposium on Law & Business of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, CUHK, 21 January 2017.
  2. “Copyright Protection of Remixed Works,” in 8th Annual Conference on Cross-Strait Copyright Law Studies, Taipei, 13-14 Oct. 2016
  3. “India and China IP Strategies Compared,” in the conference of Innovation and Economic Development and IP in India and China, organized by Singapore Management University, Remin Univ. Law School and Jindal Global Law School, New Delhi, 27-28 September 2016.
  4. “Copyrightability of Remix Works and the Right of Remixers,” 16th IP Scholar Conference 2016, Stanford Law School, 10-12 August 2016.
  5. “Protection of Remix Works and Remix Right in Copyright Law,” Comparative Dimensions of Limitations and Exceptions in Copyright Law 2016, National University of Singapore, 21-22 July 2016.
  6. “Protection of Remix Works and Remix Right in Copyright Law,” 35rd Annual Conference of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual property (ATRIP), Krakow, Poland, 26-29 June 2016.
  7. “Case studies of IP and Innovation,” Conference on Legal Protection of Innovation and Development, Jinan Univeristy Law School, Guangzhou, 22 May 2016.
  8. “Unser Generated Content from International and Chinese Perspectives,” Joint Workshop on Prosumerism and IP, Vienna University of Businese and Economics, Vienna, 7-8 March 2016.
  9. “Necessity, Challenges, Possibilities and Models of Reginal IP Integration in Asia,” IPscholar Asia 2016, Applied Research Center for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia, Singapore Management University, 28-29 January 2016.
  10. “Copyright Protection of Folklore from International and Comparative Perspectives,” 7th Annual Conference on Cross-Strait Copyright Law Studies, Beijing, 13-14 December 2015.
  11. “Copyright and Internet Technologies”, 7th Annual Innovation & Communications Law Conference, School of Intellectual Property, Xiamen University, 7 July 2015.
  12. “Perspectives of Reform to Copyright Law under the Challenges of New Media,” 6th Annual Conference on Cross-Strait Copyright Law Studies, Guangzhou, 13-14 December 2014.
  13. Alice v. CLS Bank: The Implications to the Future of Software Patenting,” PKU-Stanford-Oxford Internet Law and Public Policy Conference, Peking University, 23 November 2014.
  14. “Public Health and Drug Patenting”, in International Law-Themed Conference, University of Toronto, 16-17 October 2014.
  15. “Reconstructing Copyright to Promote Creativity in Internet Era,” 33rd Annual Conference of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual property (ATRIP), Montpellier, France, 6-9 July 2014.
  16. “Pharmaceutical Patents Prosecution and Litigation: Specifics of Procedural Issues and Formalities,” Law and Policy of Pharmaceutical Patents in Hong Kong: Evaluating the Regulatory Framework, Faculty of Law of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, 23-24 June 2014.
  17. “Changing Perception of Copyright Protection in Internet Era,” 11th ASLI Conference 2014 – Law in Asia: Balancing Tradition and Modernization, Faculty of Law, the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, 29-30 May 2014.
  18. “Open Data and Copyright Protection,” Tencent Forum of Big Data, Tencent and Guanghua Management Institute of Beijing University, Shenzhen, 20 May 2014.
  19. “The Expansion of Users’ Rights in Internet Environment,” Internet Copyright Infringement and Comparative Studies of Safe Harbor Rules, Shanghai Jiaotong University Law School, Shanghai, 11 May 2014.
  20. “Impact of ACTA and TPP on Asia-Pacific IP System,” 1st Asia-Pacific Intellectual Property Forum, Renmin University, Suzhou, 16-17 November 2013.
  21. “Patenting Trend in China and the United States: Implications to Innovation,” International Symposium “Patent Law and Innovation”, German-Sino Institute of Legal Studies, Nanjing University, Nanjing, 2-4 December 2012.
  22. “The Challenges and Possibilities of IP Cooperation in Asia,” International Forum of “Changing World, Changing Law: New Movements in IP Law in Asia,” Research Institute for Information Law & Policy of Hokkaido University, 20 July 2012.
  23. “The challenges and Possibilities of IP Cooperation in Asia,” 2012 Shanghai Forum, Shanghai, 26-28 May 2012.
  24. “Trend of IP Litigation in China,” IP Law Asia Summit 2012, Marcus Evans, Singapore, 20-22 May 2012.
  25. “Hypocritical Constitutionalism: a Root for the Development of a Hypocritical Society in China,” 4th Asian Constitutional Law Forum: Constitutional Law in the First Decade of the 21st Century, Center for Comparative and Public Law, the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 16-17 December 2011.
  26. “Copyright Protection for Hong Kong’s Audiovisual Works,” The 3rd Annual Cross-Strait Forum on Copyright System, Chengchi University College of Law, Taipei, 23-24 Oct. 2011.
  27. “Changing face of patent litigation in China –local companies as plaintiffs against their international competitors,” 8th Annual Asia-Pacific IP Forum, Hong Kong, 29 Sept. 2011.
  28. “Intellectual Property and Public Health: Two Side of the Same Coin,” in 2011 Conference on International Health and Trade: Globalization and Related Health Issues, Department of Health, Executive Yuan, Taiwan, and Asian Center for WTO & Int’l Health Law and Policy, College of Law, National Taiwan University on 5-6 Aug. 2011.
  29. “IP Disputes between Chinese and Other Companies: Trends and Implications,” An Academic & Practitioners’ Law Conference, Vanderbilt University, Beijing, 20-21 May 2011.
  30.  “IP and Innovation: Case studies of China’s IP Industries,” China’s Role in Regulating the Global Information Economy, Oregon Review of Int’l Law and University of Oregon Confucius Institute, Oregon, 8 April 2011.
  31. “Copyright, Fair Use, Public Licenses and Open Access,” The Intellectual Property of Public Records, Hong Kong Foresight Centre and Hong Kong Intellectual Property Department, Hong Kong, 17 Jan. 2011.
  32. “Fair Use, Public Licenses and Free Access to Information,” Annual Pacific Neighborhood Consortium 2010 Annual Conference: From Digital Content to Knowledge Assets, City University of Hong Kong, 1-3 Dec. 2010.
  33. “Copyrights, Fair Use and Infringement Liability in Digital and Internet Environment,” The 2nd Annual Cross-Strait Forum on Copyright System, Beijing University and Huadong University of Political Science and Law, Shanghai, 4 Nov. 2010.
  34. “Patents and Innovation in Hong Kong” at The 8th Cross-Strait Intellectual Property Forum: Cross-Strait IP Strategies and Global Challenges, Beijing U. and Chengchi University in Taiwan, 14-15 May 2010.
  35. “Overview of Hong Kong Creative Commons” Remix and Share: CC Art Exhibition Opening Ceremony and Forum, Renmin University, 13 December 2009.
  36. “Development of Green Technology and Protection of Intellectual Property: the View of the United States,” Technology Transfer in Post-Kyoto Protocol Era High-Level Seminar, Fudan University, Shanghai, 16 December 2009. 
  37. “Major Differences in PRC and Hong Kong Copyright Laws,” The 1st Annual Cross-Strait Copyright Forum, Xiamen University, 11-12 Nov 2009.
  38. “Reform of China’s Patent Law System: Some Observations,” Intellectual Property Developments in China: Global Challenge, Local Voices, Drake University Law School, 16-17 October 2009.
  39. “The Influence of Internet Technologies on Intellectual Property Law,” 2008 ILST Conference on Innovation, Competition and Regulation, the Institute of Law for Science and Technology (ILST), National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan, 13-14 November 2008.
  40. “Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Patenting in China,” in Inaugural Summer Institute in Intellectual Property, Biotechnology and Agricultural Sciences, Drake University Law School, 19-21 May 2008.
  41. “Research and Teaching Project and Plan,” Media and Intellectual Property Workshop, Law School of the University of New South Wales, 7 December 2007.
  42. “Internet Technologies and IPR Disputes,” The 6th International Forum on Online Dispute Resolution, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) in collaboration with the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre, Hong Kong, 4 December 2007.
  43. Panelist, “From Imitation to Innovation: the Role of Patent in China’s Pharmaceutical Industry,” Intellectual Property in Hong Kong and Mainland China, Best Practices and International Impact, Hong Kong Sci. & Tech. Parks and Office of the European Commission in Hong Kong and Macao, Hong Kong, 22 March 2007.
  44. “Biotechnology, Patent and Chinese Innovative Culture,” International Conference on Contemporary China Studies Provisional Contemporary China Studies Council, HKU, Hong Kong, 5-6 January 2007.
  45. “The concepts of property in common law: comments on the draft of PRC Law Over Things,” Comparative Studies of Property Law and the Law Over Things, Shantou U. Law School and the Editorial Board of Global Law Review of Chinese Academy of Social Science, Beijing, 30 October 2005.
  46. “Balancing interests in IPRs: a forever difficulty and a new challenge,” The 12th Annual Conference of Chinese Academy of IP Studies in Universities and the Int’l Symposium on New Issues of IP in 21st Century, Chongqing, 18-22 May 2005.
  47.  “Amendments to Copyright Law in Hong Kong and Its Implications,” Mission Impossible: Copyright and Trademark Protection in Asia, 2005 Asia Business Conference, Harvard Law School, Business School and Government School, Boston, 18-19 February 2005.
  48.  “Patent Protection for e-Business” in IEEE International Conference on e-Commerce Technology for Dynamic e-Business (CEC’04 EAST, IBM and PRC State Intellectual Property Office, Beijing, 13 September 2004.
  49. “Linkage of Patent Protection with Pharmaceutical Registration in Hong Kong: a Way Forward?” Patent Protection to Spur Innovation in the Pharmaceutical Industry, the U.S. Consulate General and Hong Kong Association of Pharmaceutical, Hong Kong, 18 May 2004.
  50. “Patent protection for Hong Kong’s Biotechnology,” Law Series for Practitioners, Hong Kong, 11 June 2003.
  51. “Are China’s IP Industries Prepared for the WTO?” Technology, Intellectual Property and Venture Capital in China, Asia/Pacific Research Center of Stanford University, 15 April 2002.
  52. “Regional Integration for the International IPRs System: East Asia’s Response,” in The Third Asian Symposium in Jurisprudence, IVR China, Jurisprudence Institute of Chinese Law Society and Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing, 16-18 October 2000.
  53.  “Chinese Uniformed Contract Law” in Zurich International Forum on Chinese Business Law, Zurich University and the Legal Chapter of the Swiss-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Zurich, 6 June 2000.
  54. “China’s Central-Local Legislative Relationship” in conference Center-Periphery Relations in China: Integration, Disintegration or Reshaping of an Empire? French Center for Research on Contemporary China, South China Program, Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, and the Department of Government and Public Administration of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, 24-25 March 2000.
  55.  “The Central-HKSAR Legislative Relationship: A Constitutional Assessment,” Fifth World Congress: Constitutionalism, Universalism and Democracy, International Association of Constitutional Law, Rotterdam, 12-16 July 1999.
  56. “The Problems in China’s Drafting Law on Legislation,” Contemporary Chinese Legal Development, East Asian Legal Studies of Harvard Law School, Chinese Law Society of America and Asia Law Forum at Yale Law School, Boston, 26-28 March 1999.
  57. “Problems with the Construction of Legislative Institutions in China,” Center of Contemporary Chinese Culture, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, on 19 May 1998.


Conference speeches and papers (faculty events, not by invitation):

  1. “Copyright and Creative Industries,” 3rd UNSW-HKU Research Symposium, Sydney, 4-5 December 2015.
  2. “PRC Patent Reform: Prioritizing Innovation,” HKU-HKIPD IP Forum 2015, HKU, 16 January 2015.
  3. “The Pros and Cons of Establishing IP Court in China,” 2014 PKU-HKU Annual Conference, Peking University, 21 November 2014.
  4. “Copyright and Creativity,” Ottawa-HKU Conference on Technology, Law and the Public Interest, HKU, 10-11 April 2014.
  5. “The Boundary of Intellectual Property Law,” 2013 PKU-HKU Annual Conference, HKU, Hong Kong, 25 October 2013.
  6.  “IP, Innovation and Competition: US Perspective,” IP and IT: Regulation and Competition, bi-annual HKU-Zurich workshop, University of Zurich, Zurich, 27 May 2011.
  7. “How Patents Affect Innovation in China?” The Greater China IP Conference, Law & Technology Center, the University of Hong Kong, 27 October 2010.
  8. “Transplantation and Transformation: 30 Years of Development of China’s IP System,” The Development of the Chinese Legal System: Changes and Challenges, the University of Hong Kong, 10-11 December 2009.
  9. “IP strategy in China: from a business perspective,” 1st Zurich-London-HKU annual conference IP and IT: Theory and Practice, HKU, 4-5 September 2009.
  10. “IP and Innovation” in HKU-PKU Annual Conference, Peking University, October 2008.
  11. “IP and Competition: a New Balance Game in China,” IP, Media and Competition Roundtable, HKU and Drake Univ., 11 January 2008.
  12. “The Trend of Patent Law Reform in the World,” PKU-HKU Annual Conference, HKU, Hong Kong, 14 December 2007.
  13. “Patent and Innovation in China’s Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industries,” LawTech Talk, China IT Center, Faculty of Law, HKU, 2 Oct 2007.
  14. “Party Politics and Judicial Independence,” HKU-Peking U Conference on Judicial Reform and Legal Development, Hong Kong, 11-12 January 2001.


Conference organizer or coordinator

  1. Coordinator, the 8th Annual Conference on Cross-Strait Copyright Law Reform, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taiwan, 13-16 October 2016.
  2. Organizer, the Joint Workshop on “IP and Prosumerism,” Faculty of Law, the University of Hong Kong, 5-6 May 2016.
  3. Coordinator, panel of “Copyright and Creative Industries” of the 3rd UNSW-HKU Research Symposium, Sydney, 4-5 December 2015.
  4. Coordinator, the 7th Annual Conference on Cross-Strait Copyright Law Reform, Beijing, 13-14 November 2015.
  5. Organizer, Patent Discussion Forum with the Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Sharon Prost, HKU, 15 October 2015.
  6. Organizer, Distinguished Public Lecture by Professor, Randall R. Rader, the former Chief Judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, HKU, 15 January 2015.
  7. Organizer, the HKU-HKIPD IP Forum on “Patent and Innovation: Worldwide Patent Law Reform and Hong Kong’s Response”, HKU, 16 January 2015.
  8. Organizer and Chairperson for international conference of Searching for the Boundaries of Intellectual Property, University of Hong Kong, Peking University and Drake University, Hong Kong, 15 December 2012.
  9. Organizer and Chairperson, 4th Annual Conference on Copyright Law Development in Four Regions Across Strait, University of Hong Kong and Peking University, 16 December 2012.