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Lulin Gao

East IP, China

Dr. GAO worked for many years in public office in the field of intellectual property protection in China and has been very active in the intellectual property and information technology areas. During the course of his career he has held the positions of Commissioner of the Chinese Patent Office and the founding Commissioner of State Intellectual Property Office, China. He was a Senior Advisor to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva. Dr. Gao is currently the honorary President of All-China Patent Attorneys Association (ACPAA), Vice Chairman of the China Internet Society (ISC) and a member of the Steering Committee of the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), Advisory member for International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI) in Washington DC, IP Law  Center of John Marshall Law School (JMLS) in Chicago.

Dr. GAO is not only an intellectual property expert, but also has strong technology backgrounds. He has obtained a degree of Bachelor of Science in prospecting technology with distinction and earned a PhD in the same area from one of the top schools in the former Soviet Union. For many years, he worked in research institutes, Ministries, at the State Planning Commission and the State Economic Commission as Director General of Science and Technology Department, as well as one of the top technology specialists as Senior Engineer of PRC. Although in later years the major thrust of his career shifted to IP issues, he has remained active in the technical field. He founded an IP specialized firm (East IP) in Beijing in 2002, which was awarded by Asia Law and Practice as one of the leading IP firms in Mainland China in 2004. He is currently PRC lawyer, Patent Attorney and Panel Expert for handling dispute resolution between Trademark and Domain Names for Asian Arbitration Center, Hong Kong and Chinese International Economic and Trade Arbitration Center (CIETAC).Beijing. He has handled numerous cases in IP field including patent, trademark, copyright and domain names disputes etc. and published a series of works on patent prosecution and litigation, licensing, IPR protection, TRIPS Agreement and domain names. He helped founded the Intellectual Property Institution at Peking University. He was invited as Adjunct Professor to teach IP Law and Practice in China by many universities including IP Institute of Peking University, Tsinghua University Law School and JMLS, Chicago.
During his civil service, Dr. GAO has headed numerous delegations for the Chinese government at many international forums and diplomatic conferences on intellectual property. He has also held the Chair of the Paris Union Assembly and the WIPO General Assembly. In 1995, he was given the Grand Star Cross by the German Government for his remarkable contributions to the field of IP protection and international cooperation and in that same year, the European Patent Office awarded him the International Cooperation Medal for his contributions to the IP field. He was elected as Fellow at the Russian International Academy for Engineering. Dr. GAO speaks Chinese (native), English and Russian.