Rising 3L Smurthwaite Presents at IP Conference in Shanghai

Taylor Smurthwaite, a rising 3L at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law who is currently completing an international law internship in China, recently had the opportunity to present at an IP conference in Shanghai.

“The Sixth Annual Chinese IP Counsel Congress was a crash course in intellectual property, as well as an invaluable networking opportunity,” he wrote in his weekly report. “The conference was part of a series of conferences bringing together some of Asia’s premier intellectual property specialists to discuss trends and best practices within the industry.”

Smurthwaite and a partner who is head of IP for a multinational paper company spoke on IP trends in China and the importance of building trust between the U.S. and China in order to facilitate technology transfers. Smurthwaite used examples of open innovation from his internship with the Utah-Qinghai Eco-Partnership (UQEP). “Our presentation was extremely well received and sparked a lot of discussion among a group of knowledgeable individuals,” Smurthwaite reported.

The following week Smurthwaite had the opportunity to travel to Qinghai Province to tour the slow sand project that he has been working on this summer for UQEP. Click to read his report  on that experience.

Smurthwaite’s international placement was the result of a partnership between the College of Law and the U’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. Courtney McBeth, Associate Director at the Hinckley Institute of Politics and Director of Global Internships for the Office for Global Engagement, helped make the arrangements for the placement in China.