Research Profile

Dr Yahong Li 李亞虹

Dr Yahong Li specializes in intellectual property (IP) law with a focus on cross-disciplinary study on IP and innovation. She twice received Hong Kong government General Research Fund (GRF) for the projects on biotech patenting in China, and copyright and fair use, in addition to several university grants on the projects of WTO-related IP issues and competition. Her recent research interests have been on copyright and creativity, and copyright law reform with special attention on user generated contents and remix works.

In addition to her own research projects, Dr Li has been invited to participate in research and grant applications of various international and local collaborative projects:

International collaborative projects:

  • Small working group on Innovation and Law project in 2013 and 2014, organized by Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Fudan University and University of St. Gallen.
  • “Digital China: from Cultural Presence to Innovative Nation” project funded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) 2017 and organized by Curtin University.
  • “Prosumerism and IP” project funded by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and organized by the IT/IP-Law Group of the Vienna University of Economics and Business.
  • Copyright public domain project initiated by Professor Graham Greenleaf of the University of New South Walse.
  • China’s copyright law reform project, commissioned to Peking University by China State Copyright Bureau since 2008.

Local collaborative research projects:

  • A Co-I in “Open Government Data Licence in Hong Kong” project of CUHK, funded by HK GRF grant.
  • A Co-PI in a project team succeeded to the final selection round in a competitive RGC Theme-Based Research grant application in 2011 on the topic of Developing a Roadmap for Enhancing Entrepreneurship in Hong Kong: Innovation, Enterprises, and Hong Kong’s Sustainable Competitive Advantage.
  • A member of HKU theme-based research projects: “Drug Discovery/Synthesis” and “Ethical and Legal Issue for Genomics, Proteomics and Bioinformatics” in 2005.

Based on the above research projects, Dr Li has published extensively in the forms of books, monographs, journal articles and book chapters, as an author or editor. In summary, she has published eight scholarly books and monographs, 36 book chapters and journal articles, and edited more than 10 books.

She has supervised over 10 PhD and MPhil students on the topics of patent protection in green technology, Traditional Chinese Medicines and telecommunications, patentability criteria, copyright fair use, user generated content, international IP institutions, and Thailand copyright system, and was nominated for Outstanding Supervisor award.