(Matt’s note: The Law Library of Congress is using this space to do a couple of ‘guest posts,’ written by Andrew Weber. The following are his words.)
I was discussing with Dr. Bryan Bachner the other day about the presentation he gave on World Intellectual Property Day at a conference held by the Institute for Policy Innovation. I am really fascinated by comparative law and his discussion dealt with trade issues between China and the United States (I happen to work in a great place for my fascination). He discussed how there is more to the trade dispute than meets the eye. If we push China hard on piracy of items like CDs and DVDs, they could turn around and try to seek enforcement of intellectual property rights for items like Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Bryan was invited to make a presentation on Chinese intellectual property rights during the Trade and Development Panel. His talk focused on the increasing importance that intellectual property rights are playing in the bilateral relations between China and the United States. Bryan serves as Assistant Director of Legal Research for the Law Library of Congress. He oversees a team of foreign law specialists who are from a variety of countries including Australia, China, India, Israel, Iran, Lebanon, and Russia.
Before coming to the Law Library of Congress, Bryan was an Associate Professor of Law at the City University of Hong Kong for approximately fifteen years. He was also the first American to earn a Ph.D. by a mainland Chinese university when he received a Doctorate in Law from Wuhan University. In between teaching and studying, Bryan somehow found time to play professional basketball while in China, though unfortunately not with Yao Ming.