Overseas outreach: Brinks' IP lawyers conduct mock trial in Beijing


Three attorneys from Brinks Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., presented at a June 9 IP training event in Changzhou, Jiangsu, China.

The event was sponsored by the IP Office of Changzhou, Changzhou Bureau of Commerce, and Intellectual Property Office of Jiangsu Province, a Provincial government entity that implements and enforces IP laws, leads the local IP law legislation and organizes IP services for local companies.

The trio of Brinks attorneys included Jon H. Beaupré, a shareholder and litigator in the firm’s Ann Arbor office; Jeffrey J. Catalano, a shareholder and litigator in the Chicago office; and Fei Hu, an associate and litigator in the Washington, D.C. office.

Before an audience of 250 general counsels and other in-house counsel attorneys, Beaupré discussed the importance and key issues of worldwide patent protection, while Catalano and Hu focused on U.S. IP protection and litigation.

The three then traveled to Beijing to participate in the ninth China-US Intellectual Property Comparative Mock Trial held June 15 at China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) training center. They conducted a mock trial of a fictionalized trade secret misappropriation litigation in a United States District Court, presided over by Judge Virginia Kendall of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and with a team of law students from The John Marshall Law School serving as the jury panel.

Approximately 200 Chinese patent examiners, as well as a Chinese judge, and other Chinese IP professionals attended the mock trial, organized by The John Marshall Law School and sponsored by Brinks.

The mock trial educated law students and members of the IP community—including representatives of private enterprise, law firms, universities, research institutes and the courts—about similarities and differences in practices within the two jurisdictions.


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