Dr Yahong Li 李亞虹

The Department of Law


Yahong Li is a graduate of Stanford Law School, holding the JSM and the JSD. She is an associate professor and director of the LLM Program in Technology and IP Law in the Department of Law at the University of Hong Kong.

 She specialises in IP law with a focus on the cross-disciplinary study of IP, culture and technological innovation. She is the author/editor of Patents and Innovation in Mainland China and Hong Kong: Two Systems in One Country Compared (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2017), China Chapter in Lionel Bently (eds.), International Copyright Law and Practice (LexisNexis, 2015 onward), Imitation to Innovation in China: The Role of Patents in Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industries (Edward Elgar, 2010), and International and Comparative Intellectual Property: Law, Policy and Practice (LexisNexis, 2005). She has published in the top-tier peer-reviewed journals including International Review of IP and Competition (IIC), Law, Innovation and Technology (LIT), Queen Mary Journal of IP (QMJIP), Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal, UPenn Journal of International Law, and the Australian IP Journal. She was twice awarded the faculty research output prize and was a recipient of the competitive Cambridge-HKU and Melbourne-HKU fellowships. She has been a visiting professor/scholar at the Harvard Law School, Max Planck Institute of Innovation and Competition, Santa Clara Law School, University of Salzburg, Peking University, Taiwan Academia Sinica and Singapore Management University, among others. She has spoken at over 100 international conferences, and delivered public/guest lectures at, inter alia, CREATe Center, WIPO Summer School on IP, Law Society of Hong Kong and many universities in mainland China.

She is a member of Executive Committee of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP), a scientific member of the Canadian Institute for International Law Expertise, a council member of the China IP Law Association, an honorary advisor of the Hong Kong Institute of Patent Attorneys and the global network council representative of the Hong Kong Creative Commons. She is an honorary professor at Jinan University, a member of the Expert Committee of Peking University Great Bay Area IP Institute, an expert advisor to the China National Copyright Trading Platform, and a member of the Expert Committee for the Comprehensive Reform of IP Utilization and Protection in Guangzhou Economic and Technological Development Zone.

She has supervised more than 15 PhD students on various topics across copyright and patent laws. She teaches the courses of International and Comparative IP Law, IP, Innovation and Development, and Copyright and Creativity at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Research Areas

  • International and Comparative Intellectual Property

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