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Drake Hires Internationally Recognized Intellectual Property Chair

Drake University has hired the founding director of the nationally ranked Intellectual Property and Communications Law Program at Michigan State University College of Law, Peter Yu, as the inaugural Kern Family chair in intellectual property law and director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake Law School.

Drake Law School Dean David Walker looks forward to the incredible opportunities awaiting Drake Law students in the field of intellectual property. “[Professor Yu] has built two nationally ranked intellectual property law programs, and he shares our vision for a program at Drake that will not only provide an enhanced curriculum in IP but also extend our reach to the international community on cutting edge issues of IP, especially biotechnology. We are delighted to have attracted him to Drake Law School.”

Before founding the internationally recognized program at Michigan State, Profesor Yu was the executive director of the nationally ranked Intellectual Property Law Program at Benjamin N.Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University. Professor Yu is one of the country’s leading experts on international intellectual property and communications law and is a frequent commentator in the national and international media. Yu has spoken at ITU, UNCTAD, and WIPO events, as well as before the Chinese, Hong Kong and U.S. governments and leading research institutions around the world.

Professor Yu is the author of “Intellectual Property and Informational Wealth: Issues and Practices in the Digital Age.” and the soon to be published, “Global Issues in Intellectual Property Law.” According to Yu, “Intellectual property is one of the most fascinating areas in today’s legal field. I cannot think of a better place to launch a new global interdisciplinary center for intellectual property law.”

The Kern Family chair in intellectual property law is made possible through an endowment gift of $1.5 million from Wayne and Donna Kern of Dallas, Texas. Wayne is a 1972 graduate of Drake Law School and was the former senior vice president for Heritage Communications Inc., before going on to a career in business, mergers and acquisitions. Donna is a retired physician.

Brett Trout

Thanks to Christine for the heads up!

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