China Intellectual Property Road Show: Grand Rapids

Register Now! Join the Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the USPTO Office of Policy and International Affairs, as we bring together policy makers and leaders on China IP issues from the U.S. government, academia, and practitioners. The speakers will share insights on critical issues involving China IP that will benefit U.S. IP right holders—this time in Detroit (July 10) and Grand Rapids (July 12), Michigan. 

The event includes key participation from the USPTO’s China Team, who work nationwide to help U.S. businesses and inventors understand how to obtain and enforce IP rights in China. 

This event has been approved for 5 hours of CLE credit in Ohio. Registrations made after July 6th may not be guaranteed lunch.


8:30 AM - 8:45 AMRegistration
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

  • Dr. Christal Sheppard, USPTO Midwest Regional Director
  • Conrad Wong, Attorney Advisor, OPIA, USPTO
9:00 AM - 9:20 AM

Welcoming Remarks

  • Kendra Kuo, Director of Grand Rapids office, U.S. Commercial Services
9:20 AM - 10:30 AM

Overview of Intellectual Property in China - Creating and Managing IP Portfolios

  • Moderator: Elaine Wu, Attorney Advisor, OPIA, USPTO
  • Christopher Shen from NTD
  • Tom Moga, LeClair Ryan
  • Conrad Wong, OPIA, USPTO
  • Greg Brown, Ford
10:30 AM - 10:45 AMCoffee Break
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Brand Protection and Anti-Counterfeiting

  • Conrad Wong, OPIA, USPTO
  • Daniel Dougherty, Alibaba
  • Brandon Sullivan, Assistant Professor, MSU
  • Lisa Smith, AmWay
  • Jim Lewis, Kellogg
  • Dan Harris, Harris Bricken
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM


*Lunch will be provided by the West Michigan District Export Council
and the U.S. Commercial Services

1:00 PM - 2:20 PM

Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights in the US

  • Moderator: Conrad Wong, OPIA, USPTO
  • Terry Linn, Partner, Gardner, Linn, Burkhard & Flory
  • William Brennan, Vice President and General Counsel, Bissell Homecare, Inc.
  • Rebecca Keithley, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI
  • Derryk Burgess, Special Agent, ICE/HSI
  • Hagen Frank, ASUS, Western District of Michigan, DOJ
2:20 PM - 3:40 PM

US-China: Competition and Collaboration - Michigan Experience

  • Moderator: Dr. Christal Sheppard, USPTO
  • Brian Connors, Director of Michigan-China Innovation Center
  • Tiefei Dong, Office of Technology Transfer, UofM
  • Michael Kraft, Office of Technology Transfer, UofM
3:40 PM - 3:55 PMCoffee Break
3:55 PM - 4:15 PM

USPTO Resources for China IP

  • Elaine Wu, OPIA, USPTO
4:15 PM - 4:30 PMClosing Remarks

The program is free and open to the public; however, space is limited. Please register

For inquiries about the event please email (link sends e-mail) or call 313-446-4800.

We look forward to seeing you in Grand Rapids!