Keynote Speaker

  • Mary Gallagher is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, where she is also the Director of the Center for Chinese Studies, and a faculty associate at the Center for Comparative Political Studies at the Institute for Social Research. 
Professor Gallagher received her Ph.D. in Politics in 2001 from Princeton University and her B.A. from Smith College in 1991. She was a foreign student in China in 1989 at Nanjing University. She also taught at the Foreign Affairs College in Beijing from 1996-1997. She was a Fulbright Research Scholar from 2003 to 2004 at East China University of Politics and Law in Shanghai, China. It was funded by the Fulbright Association and the National Science Foundation.

Her research areas are Chinese politics, comparative politics of transitional and developing states, and law and society. The underlying question that drives her research in all of these areas is whether the development of markets is linked to the sequential development of democratic politics and legal rationality. Put simply, she is interested in the relationships between capitalism, law and democracy. Her empirical research in China is used to explore these larger theoretical questions.

Professor Gallagher teaches classes on Chinese politics, comparative politics, and labor rights in the global economy. From 2005-2007 she was part of the public intellectual program for the National Committee on US-China Relations, a program that brought together academics and policy makers working on US-China relations.

  • Probir Mehta serves as Deputy Assistant USTR for Intellectual Property & Innovation in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. USTR is part of the Executive Office of the President, and is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries on those issues.
In his current position, Mehta engages in bilateral negotiations with numerous trading partners on a wide variety of intellectual property and innovation issues. Mehta serves as lead IP negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and assists in developing and implementing United States trade policy on intellectual property rights (IPR). Previously, Mehta was Associate General Counsel at USTR and provided legal advice to the agency on a wide range of trade policy matters, including IPR, technical barriers to trade, preference programs, and labor. Mehta also represented the United States in litigation before the World Trade Organization and served as legal counsel to the United States during negotiations for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

Prior to joining USTR, Mehta was an associate at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC. He also clerked for the Honorable Federico A. Moreno of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and was a Visiting Scholar at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences in Kolkata, India, where he taught international trade and competition law. Mehta holds a J.D. from the George Washington Law School, an MSc. in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

Panel 1: Copyright and Copying in Entertainment and Fashion

  • Ginam Lee has been a California licensed attorney since 1999. His areas of practice are litigation, real estate, entertainment, intellectual property, alcoholic beverages, franchises, and business affairs.
    He has worked in various legal capacities at major firms such as O'Melveny & Myers in Newport Beach, and film studios such as Fox and Sony Pictures.  At Sony, he worked in the motion pictures department administrating contracts, film credits, marketing, music & advertising clearance, and MPAA ratings. Upon receipt of his bar license, Mr. Lee began working as an attorney at Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment handling various labor, gaming, and other intellectual property related transactions. His experiences allowed him to attract an impressive list of clientele as the former managing partner of Lee & Chou, and current principal of Karacter Law Firm.

  • Jessica Litman, the John F. Nickoll Professor of Law, is the author of Digital Copyright and the co-author, with Jane Ginsburg and Mary Lou Kevlin, of the casebook Trademarks and Unfair Competition Law: Cases and Materials. Before rejoining the Michigan faculty in 2006, Professor Litman was professor of law at Wayne State University in Detroit, a visiting professor at New York University School of Law and at American University Washington College of Law, as well as a professor at the University of Michigan Law School from 1984-90. In addition, she has taught copyright law at the University of Tokyo as part of the Law Faculty Exchange Program. Professor Litman is a past trustee of the Copyright Society of the USA and a past chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Intellectual Property. In addition to serving on the advisory board for the Public Knowledge organization, she is a member of the Intellectual Property and Internet Committee of the ACLU, the Advisory Council of the Future of Music Coalition, the advisory board of Cyberspace Law Abstracts, and the American Law Institute. Professor Litman was a member of the Copyright Principles Project, an international working group of 20 copyright experts led by Berkeley's Pam Samuelson, which met for three years to discuss copyright reform, and published a report in the Berkeley Technology Law Journal advancing proposals for improving the copyright law. She graduated from Reed College, earned an MFA at Southern Methodist University, and holds a JD from Columbia Law School. 
  • Antonio Matos currently manages a team of investigators spread throughout China specialized in anti-counterfeiting and IP enforcement for S&F Intellectual Property Law and their clients – many of the world’s leading luxury brands.  Antonio has also developed and implemented government training programs aimed at educating and motivating officials on IP matters across China, and other Asian countries.  He has worked on a wide range of cases traveling much of China, and provides interesting insights from his experience on the ground undercover investigating or coordinating actions with local government officials.  Antonio’s been based in Beijing, China for the last five years and speaks fluent Mandarin.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Asian studies from the University of Redlands in California. 

  • Kee Young Yang is the President & CEO of EX Entertainment Corporation, which he founded in 2006. EX Entertainment is a licensing company offering brokerage services of publisher as well as music sales, synchronization clearance, portrait, character, publicity, video and digital distribution. 
He also served as the Chairman of the Korea International Music Publishers’ Association (KIMPA), the Board Director of Korea Music Publishers’ Association (KMPA), the advisor of intellectual property rights for Embassy of the United States of America (Economic Affairs), and the Advisor & Examiner of Korea Culture & Content Agency (KOCCA) in the past.
    He holds Bachelor of Music in Wind Instrument (Bassoon) at Hanyang University and Master of Business Administration (International Business) at Sogang University in SeoulS. Korea.

    Prior to the current position at EX Entertainment, he worked for Samsung Entertainment Group Korea as an Executive Producer/Manager of Classical Music & Popular Music Team and BMG Music Publishing as a Managing Director of S. Korea.

    • Peter K. Yu (余家明) holds the Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law and is the founding director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School.  He is also a Wenlan Scholar Chair Professor at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, China.  Before joining Drake University, he founded the nationally-renowned Intellectual Property & Communications Law Program at Michigan State University, at which he held faculty appointments in law, communication arts and sciences, and Asian studies.
    Born and raised in Hong Kong, Professor Yu is a leading expert in international intellectual property and communications law.  He also writes and lectures extensively on international trade, international and comparative law, and the transition of the legal systems in China and Hong Kong.  A prolific scholar and an award-winning teacher, he is the author or editor of five books and more than 80 law review articles and book chapters.  He serves as the general editor of The WIPO Journal and the editor of two book series.

    Panel 2: The Role of Patent Law in Access to Medicine

    • Sandeep Ahuja is the founder and CEO of Operation ASHA. As CEO, Sandeep has led the organization since 2006.  His sharp business acumen has earned praise and created a cost-effective method of treating tuberculosis. Before founding Operation ASHA, Sandeep served for many years as additional commissioner for the Government of India. He then traveled to the U.S., where he earned a masters degree in public policy at the University of Chicago and a certificate in health policy & administration.
    During his tenure at the University of Chicago, he was awarded the Harris Fellowship. He was also selected as a McCormick Tribune Community Leadership Fellow in Chicago. Sandeep has also taught a short course titled “Global Health Problems” at the University of Chicago. 

    • Professor Daniel Crane teaches contracts, antitrust, antitrust and intellectual property, and various advanced antitrust courses. He was previously professor of law at Yeshiva University's Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and a visiting professor at New York University Law School and the University of Chicago Law School. In the spring of 2009, he taught antitrust law on a Fulbright Scholarship at the Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Lisbon. His recent scholarship has focused primarily on antitrust and economic regulation, particularly the institutional structure of antitrust enforcement, predatory pricing, bundling, and the antitrust implications of various patent practices. Crane's work has appeared in the University of Chicago Law Review, the California Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, and the Cornell Law Review, among other journals. He is the author of several books on antitrust law, including The Institutional Structure of Antitrust Enforcement (Oxford University Press, 2011).   
      • Cynthia Ho is the Director of the Intellectual Property Program at Loyola University of Chicago. She teaches courses in Intellectual Property, Patent Law, Global Access to Medicine: A Patent Perspective,as well as Civil Procedure. Professor Ho has been a faculty member at Loyola since 1997. 
      Professor Ho strives to foster improved understanding of the law through a variety of means, including traditional publications, as well as providing input to government organizations. She has written articles on various aspects of intellectual property law that have appeared in major law reviews, and been cited in intellectual property law case books as well as in international reports. She has also authored several interactive lessons in patent law for the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI), which are available to law students nationwide. 

      She has made particular contributions in the area of international intellectual property, as well as patent issues involving biotechnology or health policy. For example, she has served as a consultant to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) on an issue at the interface of international patent law and biotechnology and has provided consultation to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Most recently, she published a book on the impact of patent and related rights on access to medicine in the global arena to help scholars and students from a variety of disciplines, as well as policy makers. The book is entitled “Access to Medicine in the Global Economy: International Agreements on Patent and Related Rights (Oxford University Press, 2011). 

      Prior to joining the faculty at Loyola, Professor Ho was an associate at Fish & Neave (now the Fish & Neave IP group of Ropes & Gray). She handled a variety of matters including litigating high-technology cases involving patents, trade secrets and unfair competition. In addition, as a member of the Patent Bar, she drafted and prosecuted patent applications involving medical, immunological and mechanical inventions.

      • Richard Parr is Assistant Counsel with Merck. His major areas of practice include patent prosecution support for internal research, management of patent support for external collaboration partner research, due diligence reviews for potential licenses and acquisitions, freedom to operate evaluations, and worldwide data exclusivity and patent term extension assessments, in the cardiovascular therapeutic area, primarily including hypertension and thrombosis. Internal clients include research, legal licensing, corporate business development, and alliance management.
      Richard joined Merck in 1988. Prior to joining Merck, Richard was an associate with Morgan & Finnegan and Cooper & Dunham, both in New York. He graduated from Rutgers University Law School (Newark) (J.D. 1985) and Rutgers College of Engineering (B.S. Chemical Engineering 1981). He has spoken at ACI's "Pharmaceutical Patent Life Cycles" conferences (New York 2002-2011) and Insight's "DRUG PATENTS in Canada" conference (2003).

      Panel 3: IT Development and Intellectual Property

      • Karen L. Hagberg, as partner at Morrison Foerster, advises both domestic and international companies on IP-related issues, including patent licensing and litigation, and trademark, trade secret and copyright matters. She has represented clients in the electronics, pharmaceutical, entertainment and media, and aerospace industries on IP-related issues. 
      Ms. Hagberg's practice also includes advising companies and financial institutions in complex business litigation, including pension fund investments, breach of contract, and business disruption and termination issues. Ms. Hagberg also represents companies in products liability litigation and regularly provides counseling on labeling and recall issues.

      • John Kim is a trial lawyer specializing in International Dispute Resolution before various foreign courts and leading arbitral institutions including the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC). 
      As an Assistant General Counsel of Intellectual Property at Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. in Seoul, Mr. Kim has provided counsel on corporate-wide IP policy reform and the efficient management of antitrust and patent litigation risk profiles. He also conducted licensing and IP acquisition negotiations with several Global 500 entities. 

      At Samsung, Mr. Kim managed over 100 world-wide litigation and licensing matters for Samsung’s Semiconductor, Telecommunications, LCD, and Digital Media business units. As a Partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, he has also represented multinational clients from both the plaintiff and defense perspective at the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Eastern District of Texas, and the Northern District of California. 

      Resident in Quinn Emanuel’s Silicon Valley Office, Mr. Kim also led strategic counseling teams on behalf of a diverse international client base to maximize leverage and create real-world solutions in multiple IP and competition law matters. Mr. Kim combines his corporate experience with his law firm experience to provide a wide range of clients with legal advice and counseling grounded in the practical realities of global businesses.

      • Margaret Jane Radin, the Henry King Ransom Professor of Law, teaches courses about contracts, Internet commerce, and patents, as well as those dealing with property theory, the interaction between property and contracts, and the evolution of property and contracts in the digital era. She authored the forthcoming Boilerplate (Princeton University Press, 2012), which explores the problems posed for the legal system by adhesion contracts and how they might be ameliorated. She also has written two books exploring the problems of propertization: Contested Commodities (Harvard University Press, 1996) and Reinterpreting Property (University of Chicago Press, 1993), and coauthored a casebook, Internet Commerce: The Emerging Legal Framework, Second Edition (Foundation Press, 2005). Professor Radin has taught at the University of Southern California and Stanford University, Harvard University, University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall), and New York University. In 2006-2007, she was the inaugural Microsoft Fellow in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University. In 2008, she became a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Radin received her AB from Stanford, where she majored in music, and her MFA in music history from Brandeis University. She was advanced to candidacy for the PhD in musicology at UC Berkeley before she changed her career path to law and received her JD from the University of Southern California in 1976. She remains an avid amateur flutist.

      • Xiang Wang, J.D. & Ph.D. Dr. Xiang Wang is the lead partner for Orrick’s China-focused intellectual property practice and he is the Managing Partner of Orrick Beijing office. Dr. Wang assists local and foreign-based multinational companies with all aspects of their intellectual property rights in China, Hong Kong and the U.S. 
      Dr. Wang has developed the region's premier IP practice. Due to its success in patent disputes in both litigation and arbitration involving foreign companies in China, the Orrick China IP team was featured in a 30-minute documentary film “Patent Wars” by the China Central Television (CCTV) in 2011. 

      Dr. Wang frequently speaks at international seminars and conferences about how to protect intellectual property, including disputes in patent, trademark and trade secret as well as product liability litigation in the United States and China. 

      Dr. Wang has been interviewed by numerous newspapers and news media on cross-border IP issues, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Bloomberg, International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, Law360, Asian Legal Business, China Central Television, Caixin Media, China Radio International, China Business Law Journal, Chinese Lawyer, Chicago Herald, Managing Intellectual Property, Asia IP, CFO Innovations and Swedish Broadcasting Corporation. 

      • Minyuan Zhao an Assistant Professor of Strategy at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. She earned her Ph.D. from Stern School of Business, New York University in May 2004. Before joining Michigan, Minyuan was an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota, where she taught Strategy and International Environment classes to MBA and EMBA students. 
      Minyuan's research interests are in the interaction between firm strategies and external environments in a global context. Her papers on multinational R&D organization received first place in the 2003 INFORMS Dissertation Proposal Competition, the BPS Best Paper Award at the Academy of Management in 2004, and the Best Conference Paper Award at the Strategic Management Society in 2006. Her recent studies examine how internal linkages among firms’ geographically dispersed units allow them to alleviate uncertainties at the local level.