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Mark Allen Cohen

Microsoft Corporation
Director, International Intellectual Property Policy
Beijing, CHN

Mark Allen Cohen is the Director, International Intellectual Property Policy, at Microsoft Corporation. He joined Microsoft on May 1, 2010. Prior to that time he was Of Counsel to Jones Day's Beijing office.  Before then, he served as Senior Intellectual Property Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and as Attorney-Advisor in the Office of International Relations at USPTO. In total, he has over 25 years private, public sector, in house and academic experience on IPR issues in China.

The programs Mark established while at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing (2004-2008) became models for U.S. government engagement on intellectual property worldwide. His accomplishments included numerous technical training programs for the Chinese government, U.S. government and U.S. businesses, support for resolution of  intellectual property commercial cases, law enforcement cooperation initiatives, consultations with senior management of companies in various IPR-sensitive industrial sectors, engagement with legislative, judicial and executive branches of both China and the U.S., annual roundtables between Embassies and U.S. industry, development of web-based toolkits, databases and newsletters for industry, and government and training programs for intellectual property journalists. He has trained, lectured and debated Chinese IP matters before hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens, officials, as well as U.S., European and Japanese businesses.

While at the U.S. Embassy, Mr. Cohen led a USPTO team of 11 people and  an interagency U.S. Embassy team of over 50.  He also supported a U.S. government IPR team of approximately 250. His substantive work had involved bilateral patent and trademark prosecution cooperation initiatives, Internet copyright enforcement, criminal IPR cooperation, civil litigation technical assistance, review of antimonopoly law for intellectual property matters, domain name dispute resolution, standards setting and IPR, multinational civil and criminal litigation,  trade-related issues - including WTO and WIPO matters, technology transfer issues and other matters.

Mr. Cohen has served as a guest lecturer at universities and research institutions, including the Council on Foreign Relations, the Wilson Center for International Scholars, Japan's RIETI,  ESADE (Spain), the Atlantic Council, Columbia University, numerous Chinese universities, and other organizations.  He has also been widely interviewed on Chinese IP issues by the Chinese and foreign press, television and radio.

Prior to his government experience, he served as general counsel and chief IP counsel to a mid-sized European generic pharmaceutical company. He also served as general counsel to several inventors and companies engaged in patent licensing, including a major U.S inventor. He has developed and helped successfully implemented several successful IPR strategic programs for businesses in China and globally. He  was involved in various trade-related matters involving intellectual property, including "Section 301" cases, Section 337 matters, and complex multinational IPR litigation.
Mr. Cohen also served as a Fulbright Professor in the Republic of Slovenia, has co-managed the Guangzhou office of a U.S. law firm, and served as an expert witness on Chinese legal matters before various U.S. courts and agencies.

Mr. Cohen has written and published extensively on Chinese intellectual property law since 1984. He was the editor of  Chinese Intellectual Property Law and Practice  (Kluwer Law International 1999).  He co-edited a book on China's legal development in 1984 and authored articles on technology transfer in 1985. He managed his domain www.chinaiprlaw.com, and has served as a webmaster of China IPR-related websites. His next major publication is on antimonopoly law in China, co-authored with several former colleagues from Jones Day (Oxford University Press, est. 2010).

Mr. Cohen  holds a J.D. degree from Columbia University (1984), an M.A. from the University of Wisconsin in Chinese Language and Literature (1979) and a B.A. from the State University of New York at Albany in Chinese Studies (1977). He was  formerly an exchange student at Nanyang University, Singapore.  He speaks and reads Chinese and is admitted to the District of Columbia. 


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