Laura Wen-yu Young

Born in San Francisco, to a father from Shanghai via Taiwan, and an American mother, Ms. Young grew up in a Chinese-speaking household, and was educated at UC Berkeley. She received her Juris Doctor from Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley, and began her practice by splitting her time between San Francisco and Taipei, Taiwan in 1988. She added mainland China into her regular schedule in 1994, when Wang & Wang added its Beijing office. She was admitted in California and to the Federal District Court, Northern District of California in 1988, and was registered as a foreign legal expert with the Taipei Bar Association in 2004, and with China's Ministry of Justice in 2005.

She an editorial advisor, and author of the Taiwan volume of CCH Asia’s Employment Law series, the author of the Intellectual Property chapter of Juris Publishing’s Doing Business in China, and author of numerous articles on Chinese law and business, and has presented many lectures for the Practicing Law Institute, International Trademark Association, International Anti-Counterfeiting Association, and local bar associations. Young is a Trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation and is a member of its Executive Committee. She also serves on the Board of Advisors of the C.V. Starr East Asia Library at UC Berkeley, and is the President of the Board of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum.

Admissions

Memberships and Professional Organizations

Languages

English (fluent), Chinese (fluent), Spanish (reading), and French (reading)

Selected Publications

 

 

  • “Intellectual Property in China” Chapter One of Doing Business in China, Juris Publishing, 2020 Edition.
  • “Protecting Trade Secrets in China”, Practicing Law Institute: Trade Secrets 2019: What Every IP Attorney Should Know, October, 2019.
  • “Protecting Trade Secrets in China”, Practicing Law Institute: Trade Secrets 2018: What Every IP Attorney Should Know, November, 2018.
  • “Intellectual Property in China” in Doing Business in China, Juris Publishing, 2018, 3d Edition.
  • Asian Culture Meets Western Law: The Collective Confronts the Individual, The Necessity and Challenges of a Cross-Cultural Legal Education, with Francis SL Wang, in From Imitation to Innovation: Legal Education In Asia; Leiden, Boston: Brill Nijhoff, 2018.
  • “Protecting Trade Secrets in China”, Practicing Law Institute: Trade Secrets 2016: What Every IP Attorney Should Know, November, 2016.
  • “Understanding Michael Jordan v. Qiaodan: Historical Anomaly or Systemic Failure to Protect Chinese Consumers?” in The Trademark Reporter, October 2016.
  • “解读迈克尔·乔丹与乔丹体育股份有限公司案:历史的异常还是保护中国消费者体系的崩溃?” (Chinese version of English language article, edited for Chinese audience) in The Trademark Reporter, October 2016.
  • “Protecting Trade Secrets in China”, Practicing Law Institute: Trade Secrets 2013: What Every IP Attorney Should Know, February 2014
  • “Taiwan Advertising Law”, in World Trade Press’ A to Z World Business, February 2013
  • “Protecting Trade Secrets in China”, Practicing Law Institute: Trade Secrets 2013: What Every IP Attorney Should Know, February 2013
  • “Intellectual Property Law”, chapter in Intellectual Property Law of China,  Juris Publishing, 2011
  • “Expatriates Face China’s Criminal Law System”, in ABA’s International Law News, vol. 40, no 2, Spring 2011
  • "Dilution in Taiwan and China" in New Matter, California Bar Association's IP Journal, Fall 2010
  • "Intellectual Property in China" in Doing Business in China, Juris Publishing, 2009
  • "Enriching the Law School Curriculum: Summer Law Institute at the Kenneth Wang School of Law, Soochow University in Suzhou, China," Volume 26, No. 4 Penn State International Law Review, Spring 2008
  • "Building Bridges: Fostering Cross Cultural Learning in the Law," co-author, International Association of Law Schools, Suzhou, China, October 2007
  • "China's Market Economy: An Historical Perspective," The Transnational Lawyer (now known as the Pacific McGeorge Global Business and Development Law Journal), vol. 18:1, 2004
  • "China Staff Employment Law Guide: Taiwan," CCH Asia Pte Limited, 2003
  • "Telecommunications Regulation in China," CCH's China Law Update, September 2003
  • "Dealing with China's Compensation Issues," CCH's People Strategist, May 2002
  • "Taiwan Employment Law," CCH Asia Pte Limited, 2002, updated annually
  • "Hiring Household Help in China," West Publishing's International HR Journal, Winter 2001
  • "Compensation Issues in China," West Publishing's International HR Journal, Summer 2001
  • "An Expatriate's Nightmare: Entangled in the Chinese Criminal Justice System," West Publishing's International HR Journal, Winter 2000
  • "New Internet and E-Commerce Regulations in China," Kluwer's International Lawyers Newsletter, July/August 2001
  • "China: Overview of the Criminal Law System for Foreign Managers," Kluwer's International Lawyers Newsletter, July/August 2000
  • "Expatriate Residence in China," Kluwer's International Lawyers Newsletter, May/June 2000
  • "Hiring and Managing Employees in China," Warren Gorham Lamont's International HR Journal, Summer 2000
  • "Expatriates Facing Criminal Charges in China," Warren Gorham Lamont's International HR Journal, Spring 2000
  • "Expatriate Residence in China," RIAA's International HR Journal, Fall 1999
  • "In China, 'Discoveries' are not Patentable," The National Law Journal, September 27, 1999
  • "Protection of Pharmaceuticals in China," Pearson's China Law for Business, Vol. 4, No. 9, January 1999
  • "Health Care of Foreign Managers in China," Warren Gorham Lamont's International HR Journal, 1998
  • "Expatriates Stationed in China Importing Household Effects," Warren Gorham Lamont's International HR Journal, 1998
  • "China's Anti-Dumping Regulations," Pearson Publishing's China Law for Business, 1998
  • "Latest Sino-US Agreement Brings No New Protections for IP," IP Worldwide, November/December 1996
  • "Unfair Practices in Software Patent Licensing," Practising Law Institute, June 1996
  • "Comparison of Taiwan and China's IP Regimes," National Law Journal, May 1996
  • "Taiwan's Compliance with TRIPs," East Asian Executive Reports, April 1996
  • " ("On US Section 301 Actions") co-author, (IP Studies), Beijing, 1996
  • "Analysis of the 1995 Sino-US Agreement," IACC Update, Fall 1995
  • "New Laws Bring Taiwan Closer to WTO Regime," National Law Journal, March 1995
  • "Taiwan's New Patent Law," East Asian Executive Reports, 1994

Selected Lectures and Appearances

  • Interviewed for “How International Filing Strategy Led to Ivanka Trump’s Coffin TMs, by Jane Shay Wald, Law 360, May 4, 2020.
  • “Michael Jordan Battles for His Name In China,” China Law and Practice Podcast, Interview of Young by Vincent Chow, April 24, 2020, at Podcasts.Apple.com.
  • Bloomberg Television: Markets Open China; Interview on the US China Trade War and IP; April 23, 2019.
  • Interviewed for “From L’Oreal to Chinese Copycats, Here’s Why Everyone Wants a Piece of the K-Beauty Pie”, by Crystal Tai, South China Morning Post, December 16, 2018.
  • Interviewed for “Miniso Far, Mumuso Good: How China’s ‘Cultural Copycats’ Took Over the World”, South China Morning Post, November 5, 2018.
  • Quoted in New York Magazine, “Ivanka’s China Dealings Likely Just Regular Corruption, Not ZTE Related,” by Margaret Hartmann, May 29, 2018.
  • Quoted in New York Times, “Ivanka Trump Wins Trademarks, then Her Father Saves ZTE,” by Sui-lee Wee, May 5, 2018.
  • “US Firms Face Tough Legal Battles in China IP Theft,” quoted in Science X, March 22, 2018.
  • Quoted in “US Firms Face Tough Legal Battles in China IP Theft,” by Julien Girault for Agence France Press, March 22, 2018.
  • Interviewed for KTSF TV News, “Dessert Café Facing Trademark Dispute,” May 8, 2018.
  • “Sense and Sensibility: Teaching Sensitive Subjects in the Law in China” Gdansk, Poland, September 17, 2019.
  • “Sense and Sensibility: Teaching Sensitive Subjects in the Law in Asian Nations”; Asian Law Institute 16th Annual Conference, National University of Singapore, Singapore, June 11, 2019.
  • “Sense and Sensibility: Teaching Sensitive Subjects in the Law”; International Association of Law Schools Asian Deans’ Forum, Shanghai, China, April 18, 2019.
  • “Chinese Trademark Squatters and The Global Threat to American Businesses,” California Lawyers’ Association, Webinar, August 30, 2018.
  • “Protecting Trade Secrets in China”, Practicing Law Institute, New York City, November 1, 2016.
  • “Protecting Trade Secrets in China,” Practicing Law Institute, February 21, and March 24, 2014
  • “Teaching Law in Asia”, at INTA Leadership Meeting, Miami, November 13, 2013
  • “Protecting Trade Secrets in China,” Practicing Law Institute, February 12, 2013
  • “Dilution and Squatting in China and Taiwan,” California State Bar, Standing Committee Continuing Legal Education Programs, March 2010
  • "Perspectives on Chinese Legal Education," Keynote Speech to Conference: Experiential Legal Education in China, Pacific/McGeorge School of Law, Sacramento, January 2008
  • "Trademark Dilution in China and Taiwan," International Trademark Association, Annual Meeting, Chicago, May 2007
  • "Practitioners' Perspectives on East Asian Corporate Governance," Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy conference on Corporate Reforms in East Asian, UC Berkeley, May 2006
  • "IP Protection in China and Taiwan," Hastings Chinese Law and Culture Society, November 2005
  • "The Importance of Psychology to the Law" (in Chinese), Keynote Speech, Fifth Annual Chinese Psychology Scholars Conference, Suzhou, China, July 2005
  • "Licensing in China: Context and Practice," Licensing Executives Society, Annual Meeting: China Add-on Session, October 2005
  • "China's Legal Education at a Cross-roads: Confucius vs. Socrates," China Law Review, Berkeley, California, February 2005
  • "From Communism to Capital Markets: A Quarter Century of Chinese Economic and Legal Development," Berkeley Legal Studies Association, February 2005
  • "Cultural Foundation of Chinese Common Law" (in Chinese), Chinese National Dean's Symposium, Soochow University, July 2004
  • "Foundations of Chinese Law," lecture series at Pacific/McGeorge School of Law, September - October 2003
  • "" ("Exporting Chinese Trademarks") (in Chinese, International Trademark Association, Beijing and Shanghai, March 2003
  • "Trademark Licensing" (in Chinese), International Trademark Association's Shanghai Forum, April 2002
  • "Intellectual Property Law for Software Sales Teams" (in Chinese), Beijing Software Association, April 2001
  • "Chinese International Anti-Counterfeiting Programs," International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition Annual Conference, Fall 2001
  • "Practical Advice for China and Taiwan Anti-Counterfeiting Programs," International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition, Fall 2000
  • "The Asian Meltdown One Year Later," International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition Annual Conference, May 1999
  • "The Effect of the Asian Financial Crisis on Counterfeiting" (Moderator and Speaker), International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition Annual Meeting, May 1998
  • "Defending Software Patent Infringement Claims," Practising Law Institute, June 1997
  • "Coping with Software Patents" (Moderator), State Bar of California, November 1996
  • "Berkeley Roundtable on Law and Technology" (Moderator), March 1996
  • "Legal History of China and Taiwan and Protecting American IP," Harvard Asia Business Conference, January 1996
  • "Protection of American Rights in China and Taiwan," International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition Annual Conference, May 1995
  • "Protecting IP in China and Taiwan," State Bar of California, February 1995
  • "Protecting IP in China and Taiwan," Seminars for State Bar of New York and Bar Association of the District of Columbia, 1994
  • "Protection of Computer Software in Taiwan," AT&T's IP Seminar, May 1992
  • "Taiwan Copyright Law and Enforcement Procedures" (in Chinese and English), U.S. Copyright Office, August 1991
  • "Protecting American Electronics in Taiwan," American Electronics Association, June 1990
  • China, Taiwan, Hong Kong Law Seminar (Moderator), Bar Association of San Francisco, January 1990
  • Various Appearances on NPR Marketplace, etc. regarding legal issues in Taiwan and China

Academic Courses Taught