Jiarui Liu

Jiarui Liu

Assistant Professor of Law, Academic Director of Intellectual Property and Technology Law Programs, and Director of International Relations for LLM Programs

Full-Time Faculty

(415) 422-6842


Professor Jiarui Liu is the academic director of Intellectual Property and Technology Law Programs at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and also a fellow at the Center for Internet and Society of Stanford Law School. He focuses his research on intellectual property law, in particular the interactions between intellectual property protection, technological innovation, and the development of cultural industries. He has published 32 academic articles in U.S., European, and Chinese law reviews. One of his articles has been included in the suggested readings of the World Intellectual Property Organization, and another has been selected and reprinted by West as one of the best law articles in the areas of art, entertainment, and publishing. He regularly receives invitations from the USPTO, U.S. Copyright Office, and foreign governments to speak at their events.

He obtained his J.S.D. degree at Stanford Law School, where he was an Olin Fellow in Law and Economics, a Microsoft Fellow in Intellectual Property and Antitrust, and a Stanford Program in International Legal Studies Fellow. He has also served as a senior editor of the Stanford Technology Law Review. He has a Ph.D. degree in jurisprudence from the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.

He has worked for Baker & McKenzie and Jones Day, practicing law in the areas of entertainment and media, computer and information technology, intellectual property litigation, and transactions. He has been involved in several high-profile cases in China, including some designated as the “Top 10 Intellectual Property Cases of the Year” by the Supreme People’s Court of China. He has also assisted various industrial associations and international organizations in intellectual property-related policy projects.

J.S.D., Stanford Law School
Ph.D., Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
Assistant Professor of Law, University of New Hampshire School of Law
Associate, Baker and McKenzie LLP
Associate, Jones Day
Intellectual Property (Patent, Copyright and Trademark)
Law and Society
Law and Economics
Communications Law
Internet Law
Law Review and Journal Articles
“Copyright Reform and Copyright Market,” 31 Berkeley Technology Law Journal (Forthcoming, 2017).
“Copyright Protection of Sports Programs in China,” 63 Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA (Forthcoming, 2017).
“The Predatory Effects of Copyright Piracy,” 24 George Mason Law Review 961 (2017).
“Report of the Independent Review of the Trademark Clearinghouse,” Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) (2017).
“Copyright Complements and Piracy-Induced Deadweight Loss,” 90 Indiana Law Journal 1011-1045 (2015). SSRN
“Copyright for Blockheads: An Empirical Study of Market Incentive and Intrinsic Motivation,” 38 Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts (2015). SSRN
“Copyright Injunctions after eBay: An Empirical Study,” 16 Lewis and Clark Law Review 215 (2012). SSRN
“The Tough Reality of Copyright Piracy: A Case Study of the Music Industry in China,” 27 Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal 621 (2010). (Reprinted by West in Entertainment, Publishing, and the Arts Handbook (2010 ed.) as one of the best law articles in these areas.) SSRN
“Sino-US Intellectual Property Dispute: A New Chapter in WTO History,” 3 Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice 194 (2008). (Co-authored with Lanye Zhu, East China University of Politics & Law, Faculty of International Law. ) SSRN
“New Development of Digital Copyright Protection in China – The Landmark Case of Zheng Chengsi v. Shusheng,” 28 European Intellectual Property Review 299 (2006). SSRN
“Why is Betamax an Anachronism in the Digital Age? – Erosion of the Sony Doctrine and Indirect Copyright Liability of Internet Technologies,” 7 Vanderbilt Journal of Entertainment and Technology Law 343 (2005). SSRN
“The Idea/Expression Dichotomy in Cyberspace: Comparative Study of Web-Page Copyrights in the United States and in China,” 25 European Intellectual Property Review 504 (2003). SSRN
“Preserving the Originality in Cyberspace: What China can Learn from the United States and the European Union About Database Protection,” 6 Journal of World Intellectual Property 593 (2003). SSRN
“Does What Works for '.Com' Also Work for '.Cn'?: Comparative Study of Anti-Cybersquatting Legal Systems in the United States and China,” 20 John Marshall Journal of Computer and Information Law 541 (2002). SSRN