Intellectual Property, Innovation and R&D in the Global Environment

Ben Wang, Unilever Research and Development Center in Shanghai

In today's modern world, economic development is dependent on new ideas, new technologies that can fundamentally change the way we live, and further
improve the quality of our lives. Research and development plays a critical role for the success of companies large and small. In this talk, the speaker will share his experience in working with technology companies from across the globe in developing technologies, and effectively protecting them with the right intellectual property. The role of the IP counsel is discussed, and how the IP counsel can add to the synergy between IP, R&D, and business goals.

About the speaker
Ben Wang is currently Head of Patents for Unilever Research and Development Center in Shanghai, one of the Company’s global innovation centers. Prior to coming to Shanghai, Mr. Wang had been practicing law in California for over ten years, providing strategic IP counseling for clients ranging from VC-funded Silicon Valley startups to Fortune 500 companies in the US, Europe and China. He is licensed to practice law in California and Washington, DC, and is also a registered US patent attorney. Mr. Wang obtained his BS degree in Biology from Fudan University, MS degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from Harvard University, and Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University. After law school, Mr. Wang served as a federal law clerk in Washington DC, and taught intellectual property law as a visiting professor at Tsinghua University. Mr. Wang also gained knowledge in European patent practice by working at a German law firm in Munich, prior to returning to private practice in San Francisco.

Venue: Conference Room

Date: 12 December 2012

Time: 12:30 - 13:30


UNU-MERIT