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Visiting Taiwanese Scholar Explores Intellectual Property Trends in Asia

2015 Castetter Scholar Dr. Kevin Tsai

Accounting for more than 60 percent of the world’s population, Asia is the fastest-growing market for intellectual property (IP) and an area where IP law is evolving rapidly.

One of Asia’s top IP lawyers presented a talk on “Emerging Trends in IP Law in Asia” at California Western School of Law on July 30. Dr. Kevin Tsai is the 2015 Castetter Visiting Scholar at the law school and has been working on a joint research project in IP piracy along with professors Thomas D. Barton and James Cooper.

In his presentation, Dr. Tsai identified the growing number of patents that Chinese innovators have filed worldwide and the manner in which the People’s Republic of China has changed its IP laws to better protect both foreign and domestic patent holders. He focused on the newly implemented specialized IP Courts in China and the growing expertise jurists are developing in dealing with disputes.  

"With the President’s ‘Pivot to Asia,’ and the increasing importance of innovation as part of most advanced nations’ industrial policy, the knowledge-based economies of the world will depend on IP rights going forward,” said Cooper, director of California Western’s International Legal Studies Program. “Kevin’s guidance in mapping out the processes in China and Taiwan to protect IP was very instructive and extremely timely.”

Dr. Tsai is a patent attorney in Taiwan and his law firm, FARMAR, is a leading boutique IP firm in Asia with offices in Taiwan and China. Tsai’s firm has employed several California Western students over the years.

California Western has a long history of connections to Asia, some of whom contributed directly in Dr. Tsai’s visit. Michael Tsai '89, was Minister of National Defense for Taiwan. Sally Wong ‘83, who is a leader in San Diego’s Chinese community, grew up in Hong Kong. Additionally, recent graduates are working in major firms and corporations around Asia.

Through the generosity of Sally Wong-Avery and her late husband Dennis Avery ‘70, the Castetter Endowment brings scholars from around the world to share their expertise with California Western’s student body and faculty.