Jeanan Yasiri Moe
WARF Director of Strategic Communications

WARF hosts Chinese delegation

Study tour centers on challenges, opportunities in protecting intellectual property rights in both nations  

Members of the Chinese delegation at the Discovery Building
Members of the Chinese delegation at the Discovery Building
MADISON, Wis. – Fresh from stops in the U.S. Supreme Court and National Archives, a delegation of Chinese officials landed in Madison last Tuesday, April 19, to meet with WARF leaders.

The whirlwind study tour, organized by the USPTO’s policy and international affairs arm, focused on judicial protection of intellectual property rights. The delegation comprised approximately a dozen judges, lawyers and government officials involved in shaping IP policy in China.

Prior to their arrival on campus the delegation also visited with the federal judges of the Western District of Wisconsin.

Tuesday’s discussion in the Discovery Building featured presentations by Managing Director Carl Gulbrandsen, General Counsel Michael Falk and decorated WARF inventor – and native of Taiwan – Lih-Sheng (Tom) Turng.

WARF’s founding and independence, startup portfolio and role in the crafting and passage of the Bayh-Dole Act were discussed. Using a translator the delegates posed questions related to federal law and inventor ownership, royalty sharing and determination of market value.

Gulbrandsen noted WARF’s patenting and licensing activity in China, driven by the increasing amount of joint research taking place between scientists at UW–Madison and universities in China.
“As technology transfer becomes more and more global these collaborations are going to become part of our everyday life,” he said.

The discussion was followed by a tour of the Discovery Building, where the delegates learned about epigenetics, cybersecurity and other research taking place in the facility. The visit included impromptu encounters with cartoonist and Discovery Fellow Lynda Barry and a young Ph.D. student who conversed with the group in Mandarin.

After roundtable meetings with UW Law School scholars and Wisconsin business representatives the delegation returned to Beijing on Thursday.     
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