On Thursday, March 5, USALI welcomed Barton Beebe, John M. Desmarais Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the NYU School of Law, as our speaker for the Institute’s weekly lunch. Professor Beebe specializes in the doctrinal, empirical, and cultural analysis of intellectual property and has published work on shanzhai,sumptuary law, and intellectual property law in modern China. In addition, we were also pleased to welcome Mark Cohen, senior counsel at the US Patent and Trademark Office, and one of our leading experts in IPR in China. Mr. Cohen provided comments and participated in the lunchtime discussion.
Barton Beebe has been the Anne Urowsky Visiting Professor of Law at Yale Law School and a Visiting Professor of Law at Stanford Law School. He has also taught courses at the Centre d’Etudes Internationales de la Propriete Intellectuelle at the Universite de Strasbourg, the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China, and the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki, Finland. In 2007, Professor Beebe was a special master in the case of Louis Vuitton Malletier v. Dooney &Bourke, Inc., No. 04 Civ. 2990 (SAS) (S.D.N.Y.). His published works include Intellectual Property law and the Sumptuary Code, 123 Harvard Law Review 809 (2010), and An Empirical Study of U.S. Copyright Fair Use Opinions, 1978-2005, 156 Pennsylvania Law Review 549 (2008).
Professor Beebe received his J.D. from Yale Law School, his Ph.D. in English Literature from Princeton University, and his B.A. from the University of Chicago. He clerked for Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York.
Mark Cohen rejoined the USPTO as Advisor to the Under Secretary and Director and later as Senior Counsel, China in 2012, after serving as a visiting professor at Fordham Law School (2011-2012). Prior to that time he served in such functions s: Director, International Intellectual Property at Microsoft Corporation; Of Counsel to Jones Day’s Beijing office, Senior Intellectual Property Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing (2004- 2008), general counsel to a mid-sized pharmaceutical company in Europe (1998-2000) and as a Fulbright Professor in Eastern Europe (1993-95). In total, he has 30 years private, public sector, in-house and academic experience in China and transition economies, with a principle focus on technology trade and monetizing intellectual property.