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Mary Wong Named Inaugural Director of UNH Law’s Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property

Mary W.S. Wong has been named the inaugural director of the newly-established Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property at the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Professor Wong is currently Chair of the Intellectual Property Graduate Programs and a Professor of Law at UNH School of Law.

“Mary Wong is the ideal fit for our IP Center,” said John Broderick, Dean of UNH School of Law. “She knows and values our international reputation as a pioneer in intellectual property. In fact, she helped build this reputation through her internationally respected work on IP rights in the digital age. With Mary at the helm, I know the name Franklin Pierce will continue to be synonymous with IP leadership.”

Formed in light of the formal affiliation between Franklin Pierce Law Center and the University of New Hampshire last fall, the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property builds on the law school’s international reputation for educating global intellectual property leaders. The Center will promote global economic development by facilitating research and training in the protection and use of intellectual property for technological innovation.

“I'm thrilled by the opportunity to serve as the inaugural director for the Franklin Pierce Center for IP," said Mary Wong. “To IP practitioners and academics around the world, the name ‘Franklin Pierce’ means world-class IP education and entrepreneurship. We have some amazing resources, from our unique International Technology Transfer Institute to a very distinguished faculty. My aim for the Center is to maintain the Franklin Pierce spirit and tradition by leading in applied research and contributing to the global dialogue on the role of IP in development policy.”

Professor Wong came to UNH School of Law in 2005 from the Singapore Management University, where she was an Associate Professor of Law in the Lee Kong Chian School of Business. She earned her LL.B at the National University of Singapore and her LL.M at Cambridge University.

From 1998 to 2003, Professor Wong was Special Counsel to Morrison & Foerster LLP, primarily in its New York office. While at Morrison & Foerster, she counseled American, European, and Asian clients on a wide range of technology transactions, and provided advice on international and comparative legal developments in relation to the Internet, privacy, e-Commerce and intellectual property.

“Professor Mary Wong is a true leader in the field, with an important body of research in areas such as copyright law and international business law,” said Dan Cahoy ‘98, Associate Professor of Business Law at the Smeal College of Business, Penn State. “Her understanding of digital technology issues will ensure that the next generation of UNH Law students is prepared to face the emerging legal environment.”

Last month, Professor Wong was elected to serve as vice chair of the Generic Names Supporting Organizations Council of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN). She is also the immediate past Chair of the International Copyright Committee of the American Bar Association's (ABA) Intellectual Property Law Section, and has served on the ABA's Copyright Reform Task Force.

Professor Wong's research interests are centered on the legal and policy challenges presented by digital technology and the Internet, in particular to the international intellectual property rights framework. Her current research focuses on the intersection of copyright and human rights, and comparative copyright issues related to user-generated content. She is a frequent speaker at academic and industry conferences on intellectual property and the Internet in North America, Europe, and Asia.

The IP Center's mission will be advanced with significant national and international conferences and symposia, as well as the creation of new strategic alliances with leading organizations throughout the world. By housing one of the largest intellectual property faculties in the United States as well as the only dedicated intellectual property library in the nation, and drawing on the resources of one of the nation's premier research universities, the IP Center will take the lead in positioning UNH School of Law as a global leader in innovative intellectual property education and applied research. By connecting a global network of successful alumni to the Franklin Pierce tradition, students will have ready access through the IP Center to intellectual property professionals in over 80 countries.

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