Launch of UW-Tsinghua Global Innovation Exchange (GIX) with Law School, CASRIP faculty and Entrepreneurial Law Clinic

In pursuit of solutions to some of the biggest global challenges, two of the world’s leading research universities, the University of Washington and Tsinghua University, are partnering to create the Global Innovation Exchange (GIX), an institute dedicated to educating the next generation of innovators.

With $40 million in foundational support from Microsoft, GIX will bring together students, faculty, professionals and entrepreneurs from around the world to collaborate on real-world technology and design projects. Based in a new facility in the Seattle area, this is the first time a Chinese research university has established a physical presence in the United States.



High Technology Protection Summit

The 2015 High Tech Summit began with a keynote speech on patent eligibility by Justice Annabelle Bennett from the Federal Court of Australia. Her court recently issued an opinion examining the U.S. Supreme Court’s Myriad v. AMP decision and adopted a different approach to uphold patent eligibility of isolated BRCA DNA sequences. At the following panels, patent experts from the U.S., Europe and Asia engaged in heated debates whether the U.S. Supreme Court is destroying the U.S. patent system. Other topics included border measures, trade secret protection and ethical issues relating to patent enforcement and licensing. Mark your calendars for the 2016 High Tech Summit, July 21 & 22.


Upcoming Events


American Society of Testing & Materials lunchtime outreach event

October 20, 2015


INTA Roundtable on Cybercrime for the Trademark Practitioner- Data Security and Privacy Issues

October 28, 2015


Pacific Northwest Pharma Conference co-hosted by UW and University College London Future of Innovation in Medicine: Incentives for New Medical Treatments and Global Health

December 3-4, 2015


Emerging IP Issues Dialogue (at University of Indonesia)

January 18-19, 2016


“East Meets West” combined Fourth Annual Asia-Pacific Forum (February 18) and 2016 Works in Progress Intellectual Property Colloquium (WIPIP) (February 19-20)

February 18-20, 2016


Transnational IP Institute (at University of Alicante, Spain)

March 21-24, 2016


Third Asia-Pacific IP Forum in Taipei

The Third Asia-Pacific IP Forum, hosted by the College of Law, National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei, Taiwan on June 8 and 9, attracted more than 200 attendees including the distinguished deans of UW partner schools, professors, judges and practitioners. CASRIP faculty announced that UW Law will be hosting the Fourth Asia-Pacific IP Forum on February 18, 2016 at UW Law. The forum will be one day before the 2016 WIPIP Conference (February 19 & 20) at UW so that participants of the Asia-Pacific IP Forum can attend WIPIP and vice versa.



USPTO Chief of Staff Visits UW Law

The UW School of Law students had an opportunity to speak to United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Chief of Staff Andrew Byrnes at a roundtable discussion of recent court rulings and guidelines from the USPTO. Byrnes also presented on the USPTO and the Patent Cooperation Treaty as a part of the UW Law Global Monday speaker series. CASRIP then hosted a reception for faculty members and local attorneys at the New Ventures Facility, Fluke Hall. Byrnes shared his insights about the technology revolution, the role of intellectual property, the efforts of the USPTO and the Obama administration in helping to ensure the IP system is balanced, effective, promoting innovation and how each of us can take a "seat at the table" to make an impact.


Focus On: China
Building IP Cultural Bridges between the U.S. and China

China Patent Office Commissioner Visits
UW Law

In partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, CASRIP hosted a roundtable discussion with China Patent Office (SIPO) Commissioner Changyu Shen and top officers at SIPO. After Shen’s presentation on recent patent law developments in China, speakers representing U.S. IT and biotech-pharma industries shared their experiences and views on the patent system in China. Shen responded to the U.S. industry representatives’ presentations and answered questions from lawyers and in-house counsel from the Seattle area.

Supreme People’s Court of China
Judicial Conference

CASRIP and ECUPL co-hosted a Judicial Conference in China, addressing limitations on the scope of exclusive patent rights and adequate remedies for standard essential patent infringement as well as functionality limitations to design patents and trade dress. The portion of the conference open to the public garnered about 250 participants, including many local judges and practitioners as well as judges from Taiwan.

Speakers included Professor Xuan Thao Nguyen of Indiana University; Justice Annabella Bennett, Federal Court of Australia; Sir Robin Jacob (formerly Lord Justice Jacob), Judge in the Court of Appeals of England and Wales; and Mr. Andrew Culbert, international patent litigation counsel for Microsoft Corporation.

IP Teaching Workshop in China

On May 27, the fifth IP teaching workshop for Chinese scholars was co-hosted by the University of Washington School of Law and Shanghai Jiao Tung University Koguan Law School (SJTU) on the campus of SJTU. The goal of the workshop was to exchange ideas on methods for teaching IP law between Chinese and U.S-European IP academics and judges, and to learn from using court decisions as course materials to help students become lawyers.

The 2015 workshop introduced a roundtable discussion between participants and IP judges, lawyers and scholars from the U.S., Asia, Australia and Europe. The topic of the discussion was Protection of Product Design, Look & Feel and 3D Marks; Intersection of Protection under Trademark, Copyright, Design and Unfair Competition Laws.


IP Work-in-Progress Colloquium for Chinese Junior IP Scholars at UW Law

Chinese scholars who hold a teaching position in a law school in mainland China and students of Chinese nationality in a Ph.D. program submitted paper proposals to participate in the UW Law IP Work-in-Progress Colloquium.

Nine participants presented their papers to senior scholars from UW Law, Willamette University College of Law and Renmin University, China. The participants said they greatly appreciated the feedback from the U.S. academics. The colloquium included a session on American-style writing and publishing led by Mary Whisner, Gallagher Law Library; Daniel Cairns, Washington International Law Journal; Professor Anita Krug and Assistant Dean Sean O’Connor.

A special thanks to Professor and former Judge Randall Rader, Professor Vincent Chiappetta from Willamette University College of Law, and our Chinese colleagues Professor Yongfan Zhang and Mr. Zhiyong Wang, Executive Partner, Beijing High Law Partners, for participation in the workshop.

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Accolades, Scholarship and Presentations



Robotics and the New Cyberlaw, 103 CALIF. L. REV. 513 (2015).

Memory Holes & Security Blankets, Microsoft Research and New York Times R&D Lab, June 12, 2015 (New York City, NY) (

National Security: The Impact of Technology on the Separation of Powers, University of Chicago Law Review, June 19-20, 2015 (Chicago, IL) (

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Jennifer Fan

Jennifer Fan

Institutionalizing the USPTO Law School Clinic Certification Program for Transactional Law Clinics, 19 LEWIS & CLARK L. REV. 2 (2015)

Nuts and Bolts Teaching Plenary, 14th Annual Transactional Clinical Conference (hosted at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation), Apr. 24, 2015 (Kansas City, MO)

Creatively Embracing Change by Using an Eco-System Model, 38th Annual Conference on Clinical Education, May 5, 2015 (Rancho Mirage, CA)

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Bob Gomulkiewicz

Bob Gomulkiewicz

IP in the Cloud: The Use of the Cloud by Universities, National Association of College & University Attorneys, July 1, 2015 (Washington, D.C.)

Discussant, University of Washington School of Law, IP Work-in Progress Colloquium for Chinese Junior IP Scholars, May 7, 2015 (Seattle, WA)

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Signe Naeve

Signe Naeve

Commentator, Trademark Scholarship Symposium, International Trademark Association, May 11, 2015 (San Diego, CA)

Discussant, University of Washington School of Law, IP Work-in Progress Colloquium for Chinese Junior IP Scholars, May 7, 2015 (Seattle, WA)

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Sean O’Connor

Sean O'Connor

The Overlooked French Influence on the Intellectual Property Clause, 82 U. CHICAGO L. REV. 733 (2015)

Creators, Innovators, and Appropriation Mechanisms, 22 GEO. MASON L. REV. 973-1000 (2015)

Updates on Federal-State Issues in State Legalized Cannabis Regimes, Cannabis in Washington State CLE Seminar, July 2015 (Seattle, WA)

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Zahr Said

Zahr Said

Reforming Copyright Interpretation, 28 HARV. J.L. TECH. 469-524 (2015)

Foreword, Fair Use in the Digital Age: Campbell at 21, 90 WASH. L. REV. 579 (2015)

New Directions for Public Performance Rights, Substantial Similarity Analysis and Originality, Copyright Society event at K&L Gates, June 1, 2015 (Seattle, WA)

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Toshiko Takenaka

Toshiko Takenaka

Japan’s IP High Court as a Best Practice for IP Specialized Courts: Lessons from U.S. & Japanese Experiences, Czech Republic Industrial Property Office, Uniform Patent and Unified Patent Court Seminar, June 26, 2015

Keynote speaker, Determination of Patent Protection Scope under U.S. and German Patent Acts, Technical University Dresden, 2015 IP Colloquium, June 22, 2015

Legality of On-line News Aggregation, University of Prague, Charles Law School, June 15, 2015

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Jane Winn

Jane Winn

Perspectives on International E-Commerce Law, Zhejiang University Guang Hua Law School, June 15, 2015 (Hangzhou, China)

National Resistance to Global Private Regulation: China UnionPay and India’s RuPay Networks, Law & Society Association Annual Meeting, May 30, 2015 (Seattle, WA)

Recent Developments in Electronic Payments Law, NACHA Payments 2015, Apr. 20, 2015 (New Orleans, LA)

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