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Academic Talk - IPR Management for International Cleantech Cooperation

When: Friday, November 22, 2019 - 15:00 to 16:30
Venue: SMU School of Law, 55 Armenian Street, Singapore 179943


Rapid development and global deployment of cleantech is important for climate action and sustainable development. Meanwhile, developed countries own a majority of the existing cleantech; developing countries need to access and implement cleantech so to address climate change and to develop their economies in a sustainable way. Hence, since the 1970’s, the global community has focused on developed countries’ voluntary transfer of cleantech to developing countries. However, this focus has not been effective.

Aiming to enhance global development and deployment of cleantech, the article explores an alternative—mutually beneficial international cleantech cooperation, which means organizations or countries working together to develop and deploy cleantech on mutually agreeable terms. The talk argues that to be successful and sustainable, the cooperation between a cleantech owner and a cleantech seeker needs to be a win-win arrangement, with just compensation and proper treatment of intellectual property rights (IPR). The talk proposes that, besides attempting to reform existing IPR regimes for cleantech, which can be time-consuming, we should meanwhile take the existing IPR regimes as they are and manage IPR for cleantech creatively or collaboratively. The talk examines available IPR management models in international cleantech cooperation. The article is the first to specify ways to optimize the WIPO Green program by transforming it into a global platform for mutually beneficial international cleantech deployment.



Professor Joy Xiang’s research focuses on exploring ways to enhance innovation and collaboration. Her teaching includes U.S. and International IP Systems, Patent Law, and IP Management. Professor Xiang was educated in the U.S. in law, public policies, technology entrepreneurship, and computer science. Prior to joining Peking University-School of Transnational Law, Professor Xiang taught at University of Washington School of Law as an adjunct professor and Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law as an IP fellow.

Professor Xiang also worked in or for the U.S. technology industries for fifteen years, in roles such as software engineer and program manager for Motorola, IP attorney representing various organizations and inventors, and in-house counsel for Microsoft. Her technological expertise included software engineering and computer operating system optimization. Her legal expertise included global patent practice and patent portfolio management. She also worked on complex patent litigation, patent cross-licensing, and IP policy review.



Kung-Chung LIU holds an LL.B. and LL.M. from National Taiwan University and a Doctorate from the Ludwig Maximilian Universitaet (University of Munich). He was a Research Fellow at Academia Sinica, Taiwan until 2017. In 2003, he was a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law of the National University of Singapore and a Visiting Senior Research Fellow for the IP Academy of Singapore. Professor Liu has served as one of the founding Commissioners of the National Communications Commission in Taiwan between 2006 and 2007. In 2014-15, he was a Visiting Professor at the School of Law, Singapore Management University, and the Founding Director of the Applied Research Centre for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia (ARCIALA). In addition, he has been co-appointed Professor at the Renmin University, China (2017), and the Graduate Institute of Technology, Innovation & Intellectual Property Management, National Chengchi University, Taiwan (since 2010).

The event is by-invitation only.


Last updated on 30 Jan 2020 .