Dr Yahong Li


Associate Professor


Yahong Li, JSM and JSD(Stanford), 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. She has been a visiting fellow/scholar at Harvard East Asian Legal Studies, Cambridge University Department of Law, Max Planck Institute of Innovation and Competition, Berkeley Law and Technology Center, Peking University Technology Law Center, Zhejiang University Law School, Melbourne University Law School, and Taiwan Academia Sinica. She has also been an Honorary/Visiting Professor at Santa Clara Law School, University of Salzburg, Peking U-Shenzhen Transnational Institute, Singapore Management University and Jinan University. 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 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 16 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 Area

  • International and Comparative Intellectual Property
  • Patents and Innovation
  • Copyright and Creativity

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