Prof Yahong Li


LLM in Tech & IP Law

Faculty of Law, HKU

Prof Yahong Li is a graduate of Stanford Law School, holding the JSM and the JSD. She is an associate professor and director of the LLM Program in Technology and IP Law in the Department of Law at the University of Hong Kong.

She specialises in IP law with a focus on the interdisciplinary study of IP, culture and technological innovation. She is the author/editor of Patents and Innovation in Mainland China and Hong Kong: Two Systems in One Country Compared (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2017), Copyright, Internet and the Balance of Rights (HKU Press, 2016), China in Lionel Bently (eds.), International Copyright Law and Practice (LexisNexis, 2015 onward), Imitation to Innovation in China: The Role of Patents in Biotech and Pharmaceutical Industries (Edward Elgar, 2010), and International and Comparative Intellectual Property: Law, Policy and Practice (LexisNexis, 2005). She has been widely published in top-tier peer-reviewed journals including International Review of IP and Competition (IIC), Law, Innovation and Technology (LIT), Queen Mary Journal of IP (QMJIP), Cardozo Arts and Entertainment Law Journal, UPenn Journal of Int’l Law and the Australian IP Journal. She was twice awarded the faculty research output prize and was a recipient of the competitive Cambridge-HKU and Melbourne-HKU fellowships. She has been invited to be a visiting scholar at the Harvard Law School, Max Planck Institute of Innovation and Competition, Peking University, Taiwan Academia Sinica and Singapore Management University, among others. She has been a speaker at over 100 international conferences, and has delivered public and guest lectures at, inter alia, CREATe Center, WIPO Summer School on IP, SMU, Santa Clara Univ., Salzburg Univ., Hong Kong Law Society, and many mainland Chinese universities.

She has supervised more than 10 PhD students and was nominated for an outstanding supervisor award. She is a member of the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP), a council member of the China IP Law Association, honorary advisor of the Hong Kong Institute of Patent Attorneys and the global network council representative of the Hong Kong Creative Commons. She is an honorary professor at Jinan Univ., a member of the expert committee of Peking Univ. Great Bay Area IP Institute, an expert advisor to the China National Copyright Trading Base, and a scientific member of the Canadian Institute for International Law Expertise.