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Our Mission

United States-China Intellectual Property Institute (USCIPI) is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting the mutual understanding of intellectual property practices in the U.S. and China. Our philosophy is "We Educate. We Serve. We Bridge." We hope our work will help minimize intellectual property disputes between the U.S. and China in order to bring about both countries’ innovative excellence and maximize collaborative opportunities.

Our Method

We are dedicated to educate those interested in learning about intellectual property concepts and legal matters of both countries. Hoping to serve as a bridge between the U.S. and China, We invite government officials, scholars and business people of both countries to come together at our meetings, training courses, seminars, and conferences.


中美知識產權協會(USCIPI)是一個旨在增進中美之間彼此了解對方知識產權保護的非營利性組織。我們的哲學是“我們引導,我們服務,我們溝通。” 我們希望通過努力,能盡可能地減少中美之間的知識產權糾紛,從而為兩國創新精英之間的相互合作創造盡可能多的機會。



Our governing and financial documents are available for public inspection upon request.



Our Founder

Dr. Albert Wai-Kit Chan is a former research scientist in molecular biology. He was born and raised in Hong Kong, graduated from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and was awarded his Ph.D. in virology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Dr. Chan then completed his postdoctoral training at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York as an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow. With the emerging legal needs of the biotechnology industry in the late 1980s, Dr. Chan organically began his career in law, focusing on intellectual property and using his background in science as a solid foundation for his practice. He later received his J.D. degree from Columbia University School of Law in New York.

Through the years, Dr. Chan has handled all areas of intellectual property law, including technology transfer, patents, trademarks, copyrights, business transactions, and trade secrets. He is well-versed in all aspects of prosecution and litigation and is experienced in licensing, technology transfer and the evaluation of intellectual property portfolios. Since 1996, Dr. Chan has taught as an adjunct professor of law at The City University of New York School of Law. His classes include intellectual property law, patent law, technology transfer, Internet and the law, food and drug law, and international business law.

Dr. Chan has worked extensively with all constituents of the intellectual property protection process in the U.S., China and other international jurisdictions. The importance of intellectual property protection for, not only businesses but also for, the overall national economy became apparent. With all the IP and transactional work he has done in China, which includes facilitating joint ventures and contracts between East and West companies and building up clients’ intellectual property portfolios, one thing became clear: Intellectual Property was a mystery to many people. Not only that, differences in cultures and constant changes in local laws and practices made it difficult for even those who are considered experts in the field to navigate. There was a need to gather to communicate, share perspectives and educate. With this in mind, the United States-China Intellectual Property Institute was founded.

Dr. Albert Wai-Kit Chan is a partner of the Law Offices of Albert Wai-Kit Chan, PLLC in the New York. Dr. Chan also heads Albert Wai-Kit Chan Intellectual Property Limited in Hong Kong.