PANEL 4: GOVERNMENT REGULATION: ADAPTING TO A CHANGING LEGAL ENVIRONMENT

Legal, political and regulatory structures have a significant impact on business in China. Given the different legal and regulatory standards in China, how can a multinational company succeed in China while protecting its valuable assets? What are the various legal and other options that a company can pursue for Intellectual Property protection? This panel will focus on critical, current issues related to varying regulatory standards and the challenges that arise with intellectual property management in China. Our panel of speakers includes both legal and business experts.

M o d e r a t o r
Professor Ben Jones
Professor of Management & Strategy, Kellogg School of Management


Professor Jones has been an Associate Professor at the Kellogg School of Management since 2007. Prior to Kellogg, he was working in the Department of Political Science, Northwestern University, was a Faculty Research Fellow-National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a Faculty Fellow-Center for International Economics and Development, Northwestern University, and a Faculty Affiliate at the Center for International and Comparative Studies, Northwestern University. From 1997-1998, Professor Jones was the Special Assistant to Deputy Secretary Lawrence H. Summers in the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and in 1996 was a Lecturer at the Kazakhstan Institute for Management and Economic Prognoses.

Professor Jones holds a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT, an M.Phil. in Economics from Oxford University, and a B.S.E. in Aerospace Engineering from Princeton University where he graduated summa cum laude. His research interests include Economic Growth, Innovation, and Development Economics.

Professor Jones has received several awards for his outstanding work, including being a 2006 and 2007 Finalist for the L.G. Lavengood Outstanding Professor of the Year Award, was awarded a 2006 NBER Innovation Policy and the Economy Research Grant. He was also a Rhodes Scholar in 1995-1997, received the Princeton University Pyne Honor Prize in 1995, the Palmer Prize in Engineering in 1995 and was awarded Phi Beta Kappa.


P a n e l i s t s


Mr. Dennis Drehkoff
Of Counsel, Vedder Price


W. Dennis Drehkoff has been practicing intellectual property law for over 35 years. Mr. Drehkoff specializes in chemical and life-sciences patent and trademark prosecution and related litigation. He has broad experience serving as patent counsel for Kraft, Inc. and general patent counsel for Fujisawa USA, Inc., a multinational pharmaceutical company.

Mr. Drehkoff has particular expertise in patent preparation and prosecution related to chemicals, pharmaceuticals (cardiovascular treatments, cox-2 inhibitors, contraceptives, etc.), chemical processes, carbohydrate chemistry, polymers, molecular biology, dental compositions and devices, microbiology, medical products, adhesives, communications, food technology, tissue engineering, adult stem cells, and plant materials. He has provided life-cycle management guidance for single-source pharmaceuticals, including analysis and assessment for extending FDA periods of exclusivity and supplemental patent protection during product life. With multisource pharmaceuticals, he has performed analysis of FDA-listed patents and provided infringement and/or invalidity opinions.

He has also provided recommendations to avoid infringement of FDA-listed patents, assisted in the preparation of abbreviated new drug applications and 510(k) applications. He has obtained orphan drug marketing approval and patent term extensions for pharmaceutical products. He also has extensive foreign patent and trademark experience.

Mr. Drehkoff was an adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School for 11 years and is currently a tutor at the Southeast Asian Drafting Course (SEAD) for the FICPI Academy of Education. He received his B.S. from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and his J.D. degree from the University of Missouri School of Law. Mr. Drehkoff is admitted to practice in Illinois, Missouri, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern District of Illinois and for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.



Mr. Feng Xue
Partner, DLA Piper US LLP


Mr. Xue is one of the most experienced China FDI, private equity and M&A lawyers. Mr. Xue focuses his practice on complex foreign direct investments projects, PE/VC investments, cross border M&A transactions and securities offerings between the US and China. Mr. Xue is resident in the firm's Chicago Office but works extensively in the firm's China Offices. Before joining the firm, Mr. Xue worked for many years with several other major international law firms' Shanghai and Beijing offices.

Increasingly, Mr. Xue's practice consists of representing large Chinese companies in their acquisition and expansion efforts overseas. Mr. Xue sits on the boards of several Chinese companies and serves as general counsel to dozens of private equity funds and technology companies doing business in China.

Also a seasoned practitioner of corporate law in the United States, Mr. Xue focuses his U.S. corporate practice on merger and acquisition transactions, securities offerings, middle market buyout fund acquisitions, and venture capital investments.

Mr. Xue has spoken and written extensively on issues related to foreign investors' investment in China and Chinese companies' expansions and private/public financings in the US.

Prior to attending law school and private practice in the US, Mr. Xue worked as a senior legislative officer for the Legislative Affairs Commission of the Chinese National People's Congress, where he participated in the drafting of numerous Chinese national legislations.

Weijia Wang

Mr. Weijia Wang
Commercial Consul, Chinese Consulate Chicago


Mr. Wang Weijia is the Vice Commercial Consul of the Economic and Commercial Office of the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Chicago since March 2005.

Before his present assignment, he had worked for the Ministry of Commerce of China in Beijing since 2000, with the major responsibilities for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) issues.

Mr. Wang graduated from Nanjing University with a Bachelor Degree of English and International Business Communications.