Joy Xiang

Assistant Professor of Law

“Intellectual property laws are one of the tools available to encourage innovation.  How do we build entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems that optimize the use of these tools?  How do we optimize and balance the use of intellectual property rights?  These are some of the questions I like to explore with my students and colleagues.”

  • Professor 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 PKU-STL, 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.


    J.D., M.A., LL.M., B.S., University of Washington



    • IP Law Survey
    • Patent Law
    • International IP
    • IP Strategies
    • IP in East Asia
  • Published

    o   Addressing Climate Change:  Domestic Innovation, International Aid and Collaboration, 5 N.Y.U. J. Intell. Prop. & Ent. L 196 (2016). 

    o   How Wide Should the Gate of Technology Be – Business Method Patentability in China, 11 Pac. & Pol’y J. 795 (2002).


    o   IPR Management in International Cleantech Cooperation (Article)

    o   Domestic Innovation of Clean Technologies (Article)

    o   Cleantech development and deployment:  Domestic Innovation, International Cooperation, and International Aid (Monograph)


    o   Presentation, IPR and Cleantech, at Book Launch for EU Climate Diplomacy: Politics, Law and Negotiations, ShenZhen, China (2018)

    o   Co-Moderation, Risk Mitigation, Licensing, and Partnerships Strategies, at Tsinghua-Berkley Transnational IP Litigation Conference, Beijing, China (2018)

    o   Presentation, International IP and IP Development at the Greater Bay Area, at Pearl River Delta Academy of International Trade and Investment Law, Macau, China (2018)

    o   Presentation,  IPR Management in International Cleantech Cooperation,

        at Junior IP Scholars Roundtable, Northwestern University, U.S.A. (2018)

        IP Scholars Conference, U.C. Berkeley, U.S.A. (2018)

    o   Presentation, Domestic Innovation of Clean Technologies,

        at WTO-WIPO IP Professors Colloquium, Geneva, Switzerland (2017)

        Bay Area IP Scholars Work-in-Progress Conference, California, U.S.A. (2017)

        IP Scholars Conference, New York, U.S.A. (2017)

    o   Presentation, International Intellectual Property, at Pearl River Delta Academy of International Trade and Investment Law, Macau, China (2017)

    o   Presentation, The Unique Case of PKU-STL, at the Legal Education: Present and Future Global Changes Conference, Japan (2017)

    o   Presentation, IP Implications in China’s Free Trade Agreements,  at the International Corporate Practice – Tax and IP Issues Symposium, Japan (2017)

    o   Presentation, Addressing Climate Change: Domestic Innovation, International Cooperation, and International Aid, at European Policies of IP Conference, Oxford University, U.K. (2016)

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