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News Posted on September 26, 2011

Professor Lee Shares Intellectual Property Research in Chile

Professor Peter Lee visited the University of Chile as part of a new partnership between UC Davis School of Law and the University of Chile School of Law.  Professor Lee, an internationally recognized expert in patent law and intellectual property, also spoke to political and industry leaders during his visit.

Professor Lee traveled to Santiago, Chile in August at the invitation of Professor Alex Pessó Stoulman, Director of the University of Chile School of Law's intellectual property center, Estudios de Derecho Informatico.  Lee gave talks on his most recent research to faculty and students at the law school.  Additionally, he participated in a series of meetings with the dean as well as faculty members of the intellectual property center, which seeks to support Chilean technological progress and economic development by providing access to the latest intellectual property rights research and scholarship. 

"It was a great honor and pleasure to be the first King Hall professor to travel to the University of Chile School of Law as a result of this promising new partnership," said Lee.  "The students, faculty, and administration at the law school were incredibly gracious, and my discussions with them were highly stimulating and productive.  I certainly look forward to continued participation in future exchanges between our two law schools." 

In addition to spending time with faculty and students at the University of Chile School of Law, Professor Lee also gave talks to members of the Chilean Congress, government policymakers, the Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce, the National Chamber of Commerce, Fundación Chile, corporate counsel at Microsoft, and attorneys at leading Chilean law firms.  

The trip came about as the result of a partnership formed last year between UC Davis School of Law and the University of Chile School of Law.  Robert Nahum Anuch, Dean of the University of Chile School of Law, and Professor Rodrigo Palanco Lazo, Director of International Relations, visited UC Davis last spring.   Plans are in motion to host Chilean Ph.D. students at King Hall and to set up an exchange program for UC Davis JD students to study at the University of Chile School of Law.   

The University of Chile School of Law is the oldest and most prestigious law school in Chile and a recognized leader in Latin America.  Founded in 1843, its alumni include 16 Chilean Presidents.  UC Davis has long-term connections to the University of Chile going back to the 1950s.

"We are very excited about this new partnership with one of the most important law schools in Latin America," said Dean Kevin R. Johnson.  "We look forward to a long and meaningful relationship with the School of Law at the University of Chile."