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International conference on university intellectual property at UW

China and U.S. University Intellectual Property: Perspectives on protection, enforcement and commercialization from UW–Madison, WARF, and Nanjing University

Jeanan Yasiri Moe, Director of Strategic Communications
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The event includes leaders from UW-Madison, WARF and Nanjing University

MADISON, Wis. – Leaders from two internationally renowned universities and the world’s most seasoned technology transfer organization will host a conference to explore university intellectual property and the important differences, similarities and challenges they face in moving early stage technologies out of the lab and into the marketplace.

China and U.S. University Intellectual Property is scheduled to take place on the University of Wisconsin campus November 13. It will bring the University of Wisconsin-Madison, China’s Nanjing University and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) together along with guests from across the region. The event will take place at the Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard St., Madison.

This event follows one hosted by Nanjing University in May 2019. At that conference, leaders discussed how university technologies are commercialized in China and in the U.S. The conference also introduced a strategic relationship between Nanjing University and UW-Madison.

“UW and China need each other more than ever and can learn much from one another,” said Chancellor Rebecca Blank upon her return from the May conference and in anticipation of the November event. “In signing our most recent agreement, UW-Madison and Nanjing are seeking linkages across disciplines that can have a lasting and positive global impact.”

“WARF fully supports the University’s newly established strategic relationship with Nanjing University and this conference is one example of the collaborative energy that is taking hold,” said Erik Iverson, WARF’s CEO.

One of the objectives of the conference is to break down some of the perceptions and misperceptions about enforcing and commercializing intellectual property in the U.S. and China as well as to advance partnerships with regional business leaders.

A delegation of 12 Nanjing University faculty and administrators, Chinese investors and industrialists as well as alumni are expected to visit Madison and participate in the event.

Today, UW-Madison hosts 3,200 students from mainland China.

While UW has enjoyed a long-shared history of cooperation with Nanjing, the university is also collaborating in numerous active research partnerships with other Chinese universities, including a project that brings UW wildlife biologists together with those in China to understand the impact of development on the Asiatic black bear population.

Registration for the event is encouraged and open until November 10.