Dr. Scholl Foundation Awards Grant to Chinese IP Resource Center at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago

CHICAGO, March 8, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Dr. Scholl Foundation has awarded the Chinese Intellectual Property Resource Center at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago a grant to continue the education and cultivation of the intellectual property (IP) profession in China and the U.S.

The Dr. Scholl Foundation was established in 1947, by William M. Scholl, M.D. It is a private foundation, chiefly focused on investing in education, social services and healthcare.

The support from the Dr. Scholl Foundation will help John Marshall's Chinese IP Resource Center develop programming that continues the law school's goal of bringing together the U.S. and China on key issues influencing IP law. With the support of the grant, John Marshall has enhanced its China IP summer program. For each of the last eight years, John Marshall has conducted simultaneous mock trials in Beijing, with one judge applying U.S. law, the other applying Chinese law. The Scholl grant has helped John Marshall expand the program to conduct its first mock trial in Shanghai.

John Marshall is overseeing a digitization project that translates selective Chinese IP cases into English, so that American legal and business communities can have a better grasp on practical issues in China. The law school also posts important cases from the federal circuit, translated into Chinese, on the CIPRC website for Chinese IP scholars and practitioners to give them easier access to U.S. law.

Since its founding in 2009, the CIPRC has been at the forefront in developing an international partnership between the U.S. and China on IP issues. The CIPRC's programs have benefitted more than 1,000 Chinese IP specialists, lawyers, patent examiners, patent re-examiners, judges and academic scholars who have effected changes in their legal and legislative systems as a result of knowledge gleaned from the CIPRC's programs.

About John Marshall's Intellectual Property Program

John Marshall is one of just two law schools in Chicago to be ranked in the top 20 in IP law by U.S. News & World Report. John Marshall, ranked 17th, also is one of 42 law schools in the country to participate in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Law School Clinic Certification Program. John Marshall was one of six law schools to begin the program in 2008, and is the only law school in Illinois whose USPTO program focuses on both patent and trademark practice areas.

With more than 50 specialized IP courses, John Marshall's program draws students from around the U.S. and across the globe. It also conducts an ABA-approved summer program in China directed exclusively to IP issues.

About The John Marshall Law School

The John Marshall Law School, founded in 1899, is an independent law school located in the heart of Chicago's legal, financial and commercial districts. The 2016 U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Graduate Schools ranks John Marshall's Lawyering Skills Program fifth, its Trial Advocacy Program 16th and its Intellectual Property Law Program 17th in the nation. Since its inception, John Marshall has been a pioneer in legal education and has been guided by a tradition of diversity, innovation, access and opportunity.

CONTACT: Christine Kraly 312-427-2737 x 171Source: The John Marshall Law School-Chicago