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Professor Peter K. Yu

Kern Family Chair in Intellectual Property Law
Director, Intellectual Property Law Center
Drake University Law School

Peter K. Yu (余家明) is the founding director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School. He is also a Wenlan Scholar Chair Professor at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan, China. In summer, he serves as Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law. Before joining Drake University, he founded the nationally-renowned Intellectual Property & Communications Law Program at Michigan State University, at which he held faculty appointments in law, communication arts and sciences, and Asian studies.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, Professor Yu is a leading expert in international intellectual property and communications law. He writes and lectures extensively on international trade, international and comparative law and the transition of the legal systems in China and Hong Kong. A prolific scholar and an award-winning teacher, he is the author or editor of three books and more than 50 law review articles and book chapters. His latest publications include a four-volume reference book set entitled Intellectual Property and Information Wealth: Issues and Practices in the Digital Age (Praeger Publishers 2007).

Professor Yu has spoken at events organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization, the International Telecommunication Union, the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the Chinese, Hong Kong and U.S. governments and at leading research institutions from around the world. His lectures and presentations have spanned more than fifteen countries on five continents, and he is a frequent commentator in the national and international media. His publications are available on his website at