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Joy Xiang

Associate 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.”

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    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.

    • Survey of U.S. IP Laws
    • Patent Law
    • International IP
    • IP Strategies
    • IP in East Asia


    • Cleantech Innovation by Developing Countries, Boston University International Law Journal 38.2 (2020)
    • IPR Management in International Cleantech Cooperation, Georgetown University Envtl. Law Review 32.1 (2019)
    • Addressing Climate Change:  Domestic Innovation, International Aid and Collaboration, 5 N.Y.U. J. Intell. Prop. & Ent. L 196 (2016)
    • How Wide Should the Gate of Technology Be – Business Method Patentability in China, 11 Pac. & Pol’y J. 795 (2002)


    • Cleantech Development and Deployment:  Domestic Innovation, International Cooperation, and International Aid (Monograph)
    • IP Licensing, Antitrust, and Access to Essential Technologies. (Article)


    • Invited Presentations. IPR Management in International Cleantech Cooperation, at
      • Work-In-Progress for IP, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, U.S.A. (February 2019)
      • Junior IP Scholars Roundtable, Northwestern University, Chicago, U.S.A. (May 2018)
      • IP Scholars Conference, U.C. Berkeley, Berkeley, U.S.A. (August 2018)
    • Invited Presentations. Domestic Innovation of Clean Technologies, at
      • Asia IP and Innovation Researchers Conference, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (January 2019)
      • WTO-WIPO IP Professors Colloquium, Geneva, Switzerland (June 2017)
      • IP Scholars Conference, New York, U.S.A. (August 2017)
    • Invited Lecture. International IP and the Belt Road Initiative, at Pearl River Delta Academy of International Trade and Investment Law, Macau, China (November 2019)
    • Invited Moderator. Risk Mitigation, Licensing, and Partnerships Strategies, at Tsinghua-Berkley Transnational IP Litigation Conference, Beijing, China (December 2018)
    • Invited Presentation. IPR and Cleantech, at Book Launch for EU Climate Diplomacy: Politics, Law and Negotiations, Shenzhen, China (December 2018)
    • Invited Lecture. International IP and IP Development at the Greater Bay Area, at Pearl River Delta Academy of International Trade and Investment Law, Macau, China (November 2018)
    • Invited Lecture. International Intellectual Property, at Pearl River Delta Academy of International Trade and Investment Law, Macau, China (November 2017)
    • Invited Presentation. The Unique Case of PKU-STL, at the Legal Education: Present and Future Global Changes Conference, Japan (January 2017)
    • Invited Presentation. IP Implications in China’s Free Trade Agreements,  at the International Corporate Practice Symposium, Japan (January 2017)
    • Invited Presentation. Addressing Climate Change: Domestic Innovation, International Cooperation, and International Aid, at European Policies of IP Conference, Oxford University, U.K. (2016)

    Juris Doctor, Masters, Graduate Certificate, Bachelor of Science, in Law, Public Policies, Technology Entrepreneurship, and Computer Science. University of Washington

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