Distinguished Visiting Scholar Program

The University of New Hampshire School of Law is distinguished by a community of global vibrant visiting scholars as part of the Distinguished Visiting Scholar (DVS) Program. The program attracts researchers and legal policy makers from around the world who wish to participate in the law school’s research and teaching programs and conduct comparative research using the law library. We welcome and encourage senior academics, policymakers, scholars, government officials, and professionals with extensive backgrounds in their given fields who wish to pursue their research interests at the law school to apply.

Visiting Scholars work with our faculty and dedicated Intellectual Property Librarian to develop their research agendas and have access to our IP Library, the largest collection of IP materials in the United States. The scholars may attend limited classes.

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Selection Process

The selection process entails two steps: UNH Law Graduate Programs approval and J-1 Scholar Visa approval.

An applicant must fill out an online application. Please include in your essay the subject, goal, and purpose of your research, as well as any intended publication resulting from your visiting scholarship at UNH Law. We also need to know what resources you desire to meet your goal. Please describe primary, secondary, interdisciplinary, or statistical information resources you anticipate needing while at UNH Law.

In addition, please inform us of the duration of your visit with a proposed start and ending date. This allows us to analyze the commitment of our resources required to help you meet your goals while at UNH Law.

Inquiries may be made by emailing admissions@law.unh.edu.

Once we receive your proposal, if approved, you should receive an electronic reply (a formal invitation letter) within thirty days. At that time, you will be asked to furnish original degree transcripts and or certifications and proof of English language proficiency.

Application Deadlines

UNH Law has rolling admissions, so applying early is very important. Late applicants are evaluated if time and space permit.

Tuition

Current tuition information (see Visiting Scholar information in Other Programs chart)

Financial Aid

The law school does not assist scholars with tuition fees or living expenses. The school does not have the ability to assist scholars with the task of securing outside funding.

J-1 Visas

The majority of scholars will need to obtain a J-1 Visa to matriculate as a scholar at UNH Law. Approved candidates will receive a DS-2019 application along with other supporting documents. The process may take anywhere from 4-6 weeks.

Housing

UNH Law does not offer on-campus housing, but the Graduate Programs office does assist scholars and their families with securing appropriate housing.

Living Expenses

Living expense costs are established each year. Scholars must submit a International Applicant Financial Declaration, along with supporting documents for living expenses.

Health Insurance

Health insurance is required for all scholars. A student may submit a private health insurance plan for approval.

Visiting  Scholar Benefits 

Faculty

Each scholar works with a Faculty Mentor who has expertise in the area of the research.

Scholars Roundtable meetings

Scholars meet and present their proposals to an audience of other scholars, faculty and students. These meetings facilitate a dialog on the research topics as well as social networking and community building. 

Lectures, Special Activities & Workshops

Scholars are encouraged to attend regularly scheduled IP related events sponsored by the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property as well as the numerous IP related student organizations. These meetings facilitate social networking and community building. 

Intellectual Property Library 

Now twenty-five years strong, scholars have access to the only academic IP Library in the Western Hemisphere. They use and checkout of books including our large international and comparative law collection and access databases such as Westlaw and LexisNexis as well as a host of specialized IP databases.  The IP Librarian and Reference librarians help Visiting Scholars use the print and online resources.

UNH University’s Dimond Library

Scholars may checkout materials from other UNH libraries, including the Dimond Library, a major interdisciplinary university library. 

Research Space

UNH Law provides a dedicated Visiting Scholars’ Office located next to the IP Librarian for access to research expertise. Ample research space is available throughout the Law Library. Study and discussion rooms may be reserved on a short-term basis. 

Social Gatherings

Scholars are encouraged to attend parties and other social/cultural events with LLM students, visiting scholars and their family members. These social events include Chinese New Year and Diwali, both featuring food, presentations, music, dance and colorful decorations. Scholars are also encouraged to attend dinners and parties at faculty member homes, embracing both the international graduate program cohorts as well as the scholars. Occasional social events have included cruising around beautiful Lake Winnipesauke and apple picking in the many orchards around the school in Concord and Southern New Hampshire. 

Fei Wu

Fei Wu, since 2010 has been building his career with the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), 
Beijing, China. For the most recent five years he has served as Patent Examiner in the Power Generation Division, Machinery Substantive Examination Department including:
• Determining the patentability of patent applications and issue office actions; 
• Providing search reports and examination opinions for PCT applications;
• Training patent examiners from foreign patent offices, such as GCC Patent Office, Saudi Patent Office; and 
• Translating texts in a wide range of scientific and technical subjects 
He earned a Master’s degree in Powering Engineering (2005), Wuhan University, Wuhan, China

Fei Wu’s scholarly focus surrounds theories and practices on patent quality from various theoretical perspectives. The issue of patent quality is a global one. He is conducting a study on patent quality control in the U.S..  He is examining a series of actions taken by the USPTO and other organizations that has led to a reduction in patent litigation. He believes that those practices in U.S. provide a valuable reference to China while making relevant policies on this issue. And it also has theoretical and practical value for re-considering patent system and its role in technological innovation and market competition.

Pingjuan Lin    

Pingjuan Lin, since 2006 has been building his career with the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), Beijing, China. For the most recent five years she has served on the Patent Reexamination Board of SIPO, most currently as an Examiner (Reexamination of Cases in Computer Science). Prior to that she served as a patent examiner. She earned a Master's Degree from the School of Computer Science of Jilin University, China.

Pingjuan Lin’s classifies her scholarly focus as “Patent Creativity Examination, Dispute Mediation System and Post-Grant Proceedings in U.S.. This has several parts. She is studying the principles of the Creativity review in U.S. patent examination guidelines, including the principles of the Graham case, the contents and methods of applications, as well as the rejection to applications and relief for rejection. She is studying established Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation is one of the most widely used approaches) in patent disputes to make recommendations for building mediation system of patent disputes in China. Finally, she is studying U.S. post-grant review, including six perspectives: the proposal of post-grant review, the initiation and intermittence of post-grant review, the rights and obligations of the patent applicant during post-grant review, the termination of post-grant review and estoppels, and transitional post-grant review.

Zheng Li    

Zheng Li since 2008 has been building his career with the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), Beijing, China. He has ten years of patent examination work, more than 700 pieces of invention, more than 150 pieces of PCT international searching and examination, more than 150 cases of reexamination. He is currently a supervisory patent examiner. He earned the degree of Master in  Applied Chemistry at Beihang University. He was designated an Awarded Research Associate and has published seven articles surrounding patent technology analysis.  

Zheng Li has two areas of scholarship. She is studying inequitable conduct in U.S., including an extensive analysis of case law on the subject. Her second area of analysis is ¬¬¬¬¬¬U.S. Court decisions relating to product-by-process (PBP) that have ruled that PBP claims shall cover a product identical to the claimed product, even when it was produced by a process different from the claimed process, common in pharmaceutical, biochemical and similar fields.