Prof. Peter K. Yu

Regents Professor of Law and Communication

Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property

Texas A&M University




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Elgar Encyclopedia of Intellectual Property Law (Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming 2025) (edited with Paul Torremans, Irini Stamatoudi and Bernd Justin Jütte)


Bringing together over 300 authors from across the world, the Encyclopedia sheds light on the current global state of intellectual property law, providing unique insights into the discipline and how it is affected by globalization and increased regional integration.


In recent decades, intellectual property has played a key role in our global society, facing ever-growing demands and rapid change. With the steady increase of global and regional inter-connectedness, the practical significance of the discipline has grown, despite its territorial roots. The number of legislative activities on the national, regional, and international level has also increased.


The Encyclopedia is a rich and varied resource. The topical aspects of intellectual property law are presented across over 600 alphabetically arranged entries, which demonstrate the rich variety of concepts found in the discipline around the world. National approaches to the subject are revealed in insightful detail across over 40 country reports.


Intellectual Property, Innovation, and Economic Inequality (Cambridge University Press 2024) (edited with Daniel Benoliel, Francis Gurry and Keun Lee)


While growing disparities in wealth and income are well-documented across the globe, the role of intellectual property rights is often overlooked. This volume brings together leading commentators from around the world to interrogate the interrelationship between intellectual property and economic inequality. Interdisciplinary and globally oriented by design, the book features economists, legal scholars, policy analysts, and other experts. Chapters address the impact of intellectual property rights on economic inequality, the effect of economic inequality on the protection and enforcement of these rights, and the potential use of innovation law and policy to help reduce economic inequality. The volume also tackles timely issues like race and gender disparities and the North-South divide in innovation. This book is available as Open Access on Cambridge Core.


The Geopolitics of Chinese Internets (Routledge 2024) (edited with Jack Linchuan Qiu and Elisa Oreglia)


Featuring leading scholars on "Chinese internets" – in the plural – from around the world, this interdisciplinary book explores the changing digital landscape in China and provides insight into contemporary Chinese techno-geopolitics.


Policymakers, commentators and the mass media have widely viewed "Chinese tech" as a unitary and statist monolith. This predominant view, however, is not only incomplete but has become increasingly obsolete. Using a pluralist and multilayered approach to analyzing Chinese techno-geopolitics, this volume addresses the following important questions:

  • Who are the key players in "Chinese internets" today?

  • What role do government agencies, state-owned enterprises, private companies and individual netizens play?

  • How do "Chinese internets" operate at the global, regional, national or local levels?

  • How are external world or regional events influencing or being influenced by geopolitical patterns within China?

The Geopolitics of Chinese Internets will be a key resource for policymakers, scholars, researchers and practitioners interested in Chinese techno-geopolitics and the changing digital landscape in China. This book was originally published as a special issue of Information, Communication & Society.


Intellectual Property Law (Lexis-Nexis 2015) (with John T. Cross, Doris E. Long and Greg R. Vetter)


This book includes a balanced coverage of the "old chestnuts" in intellectual property law as well as the recent cases and "hot topics" covered in mainstream media. Apart from trade secret, patent, copyright, and trademark laws, significant portions are devoted to other issues that tend to get short shrift in an intellectual property survey course, such as the right of publicity, protection of product design, and the limits on intellectual property protection.


This casebook includes several unique features. First, each section starts with a box question that enables students to stay focused when reviewing materials before class. Second, statutory provisions are included in separate boxes to make it easier for instructors to cover the materials. Third, where available and relevant, historical or contextual background information has been provided alongside the case excerpts. Such information will enable students to better understand the included appellate cases, which often briefly recite the facts or have been edited down to enhance teaching effectiveness. Fourth, the book includes a wide variety of notes, questions, and problems to make it suitable for different pedagogical approaches and assessment needs. Finally, the materials seek to highlight the unique features of U.S. intellectual property laws. The study of these features will pave the way for more advanced coursework in the intellectual property area.


The Global Governance of HIV/AIDS: Intellectual Property and Access to Essential Medicines (Edward Elgar Publishing 2013) (edited with Obijiofor Aginam and John Harrington)


This important book brings together leading scholars from multiple disciplines, including intellectual property, human rights, public health, and development studies, as well as activists to critically reflect on the global health governance regime. The Global Governance of HIV/AIDS explores the implications of high international intellectual property standards for access to essential medicines in developing countries. With a focus on HIV/AIDS governance, the volume provides a timely analysis of the international legal and political landscape, the relationship between human rights and intellectual property, and emerging issues in global health policy. It concludes with concrete strategies on how to improve access to HIV/AIDS medicines. This interdisciplinary, global, and up-to-date book will strongly appeal to academics of law, international relations, health policy and public policy, as well as students, policymakers and activists.


Global Issues in Intellectual Property Law (Thomson West 2010) (with John T. Cross, Amy Landers and Michael S. Mireles)


This book provides a brief overview of the international intellectual property system and highlights the differences between intellectual property laws and policies in the United States and those in other countries. Coverage includes copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, computer software, product designs, geographical indications, utility models, and rights of publicity. The book can be assigned as a companion text, optional reading, or as a standalone text for a short international intellectual property seminar that builds on a pre-existing domestic intellectual property survey course. The introductory notes for each substantive area and the notes and questions sections were specially designed to facilitate understanding without consultation of outside sources.


Intellectual Property and Information Wealth

Intellectual Property and Information Wealth: Issues and Practices in the Digital Age (Praeger Publishers 2007) (editor) (4 volumes)


In the past, intellectual property issues were considered complicated issues that were only of primary interest and concern to intellectual property lawyers, legal scholars, rightsholders and technology developers.  Today, these issues are highly relevant to our daily lives.  Featuring insights from academics, practitioners, policymakers, information specialists, librarians, and consultants, this multi-volume book set provides rigorous analysis, historical context, alternative academic perspectives, and discussions of emerging solutions from the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Included in the set are volumes on (1) copyright and related rights, (2) patent and trade secret, (3) trademark and unfair competition law, and (4) international intellectual property law and policy.


The Marketplace of Ideas

The Marketplace of Ideas: Twenty Years of Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal (Kluwer Law International 2002) (editor)


Founded in 1981, the Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal is one of the first student-edited entertainment law journals in the United States.  Over the course of the years, it has grown to be a leading journal in the field.  To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Journal, the Cardozo Intellectual Property Law Program published The Marketplace of Ideas: Twenty Years of Cardozo Arts & Entertainment Law Journal. This volume collects some of the most widely-cited articles published in the Journal in the past 20 years, as well as distinguished intellectual property lectures sponsored by the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University.  Contributors to this volume include leading commentators in the field of intellectual property, art, and communications law, as well as eminent jurists and former government officials from the U.S Copyright Office and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


Russian Media Law and Policy in the Yeltsin Decade

Russian Media Law and Policy in the Yeltsin Decade: Essays and Documents (Kluwer Law International 2002) (edited with Monroe E. Price and Andrei Richter)


One of the great transitions as the Soviet Union dissolved involved the transformation of state broadcasting in Russia and the newly independent states. This book deals with the turmoil associated with struggles in Post-Soviet Russia: struggles for journalistic editorial autonomy, the bloody media wars between the Yeltsin government and the Russian parliament, the role of the media in the 1993 coup, and the role of the United States, other governments and non-government organizations in shaping the new media. The story in which the media oscillates between independence and renewed modes of control. The book includes more than 200 pages of documents including decisions and recommendations from the now-defunct Judicial Chamber for Information Disputes, media statutes and decrees, and reports and comments by the U.S. State Department and other media watchdogs.



A Human-Centered Approach to Health Innovations: Reconciling Intellectual Property with Human Rights (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2024) (edited with Lisa Biersay and Thomas Pogge)

International Intellectual Property Law and Policy (Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming 2024)

Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Global Development (Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming 2024) (editor)

Research Handbook on Intellectual Property Law in China (Edward Elgar Publishing, forthcoming 2024) (editor)

A Short & Happy Guide to Intellectual Property (West Academic, forthcoming 2024)

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