Dr Yahong Li, JSD and JSM (Stanford), JD (Suffolk), PDip (Beijing), LLB (Southwest), is an Associate Professor at Faculty of Law and Associate Director at HKU Technology Transfer Office. She served as a Director for LLM Program in IP/IT from 2004 to 2010. She is also a Council Member of Intellectual Property Law Association of China Law Society and Co-Legal Lead of HK Creative Commons. She teaches International and Comparative Intellectual Property Law, Intellectual Property, Innovation and Development, Management and Commercialization of IP, and PRC Tort Law.
Dr. Li is an author of the following books: Imitation to Innovation in China: the Role of Patents in Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industries (Edward Elgar, 2010), International and Comparative Intellectual Property: Law, Policy and Practice (LexisNexis, 2005), and American Torts Law (1998)(美國侵權法). She authored and updated the following monographs: Annotations to Patent Ordinance (Cap 514), 2010 Reissue (LexisNexis Butterworth, 2010), Intellectual Property: Registered Designs and Patents, in Halsbury’s Laws of Hong Kong, Volume 15(2), Reissue (LexisNexis Butterworth, 2010), Intellectual Property: Trade Marks, Copyright and Plant Varieties Rights, in Halsbury’s Laws of Hong Kong, Volume 15(3), (Reissue, LexisNexis Butterworth, 2010), Intellectual Property: Trade Marks, Copyright and Plant Varieties Rights, in Halsbury’s Laws of Hong Kong, Volume 15(3), LexisNexis Butterworth 2005). She is a chief editor for 8 books in American Law Series (2000) (美國法叢書) and co-edited General Principles of Hong Kong Law (1999) (香港法概論).
Her selected journal articles and book chapters include: “Transplantation and Transformation: 30-Year Development of China’s IP System” in the book, The Development of the Chinese Legal System: Change and Challenges” (Routledge, London and New York, 2010); “Human Gene Patenting and Its Implications to Medical Research,” Peter Yu (ed.), Intellectual Property and Information Wealth (Praeger, Westport, Connecticut, London, 2007), pp 347-376. “Intellectual Property Protection for e-Business Methods,” (2004) IEEE Society Press; “An Overview of Patent Protection for Biotech in Hong Kong”, Law for Practitioners Series (2004) Chan & Wu (eds.); “Utility Model in China”, Industrial Property in the Biomedical Age – Challenges for Asia (2003) Heath and Sanders (eds.); “Pushing for Greater Protection: the Trend of Chinese Software Industry and the Implications for the Rule of Law in China,” (2002) U.Penn J.Int’l Eco.L, 23:4; “The Wolf Had Come: Are China’s Intellectual Property Industries Prepared for the WTO?” (2002) UCLA Pac.Basin L.J., 20:1; “The Law-making Law: a Solution to the Problems in the Chinese Legislative System?” (2000) 1 HKLJ. “The Legislative Autonomy of the Localities and its Impact on the Relations between the Centre and the Periphery,” China Perspectives (French Center for Research on Contemporary China), No. 32, Nov./Dec. 2000, pp. 13-21. “The Central-HKSAR Legislative Relationship: A Constitutional Assessment,” in Raymond Wacks (ed), The New Legal Order in Hong Kong (Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 1999), pp. 163-182.
Dr. Li has completed her research on government funded project on biotechnology and pharmaceutical patenting, and her university strategic research themes concerning drug discovery/synthesis. She is now working on a project of IP-based entrepreneurship in HK.
Dr. Li is a frequent speaker/commentator in international conferences, and a visiting professor/fellow at several universities in US, Europe, Australia and China. Prior to joining the Faculty, she was a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School, Licensing Administrator at the Information System of MIT, and a research staff at the Legislative Affairs Commission of the PRC National People’s Congress.