Visiting Scholar Program

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The University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law is a Top 5 program for the study of intellectual property law. Part of the school’s reputation for excellence in intellectual property stems from our community of global vibrant visiting scholars who participate in the Visiting Scholar Program.

The Visiting Scholar Program attracts legal scholars, researchers, and legal policy makers from around the world who wish to participate in the law school’s research and teaching initiatives, conduct comparative research using the law library and, through writing projects, pursue a scholarly agenda.

UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law Visiting Scholars work with our faculty and dedicated Intellectual Property Librarian to pursue their scholarly agendas. They gain access to our IP Library, the largest collection of IP materials in the United States. The scholars may attend limited classes and may be asked to present on their research and writing projects. Visiting scholars are expected to engage in scholarly writing projects while affiliated with UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law.

We welcome and encourage proposals from senior academics and other persons with both relevant academic expertise and the capacity and desire to engage in scholarly writing. Past scholars have included policymakers, government officials, and professionals with extensive backgrounds in their given fields who wish to pursue their research interests.

UNH Law offers two types of programs for visiting scholars:

A Distinguished Visiting Scholar (DVS) is:  A member of the legal profession from the US or other countries, as well as senior academics, policy-makers, government officials and other professionals (both domestic or international) who wish to conduct specific research or learn about US law in a particular field related to their work and/or in the field of Intellectual Property (IP) law.

A Visiting Scholar (VS) is:  A graduate level or Ph.D. level student from the US or another country or university who wishes to conduct research on topics in U.S. law.  These scholars come to the Law School to conduct research often in collaboration with a member of the UNH Law faculty.

UNH Law also accepts applications from Fulbright Scholars. We regularly host Fulbright Scholars from around the globe. Fulbright Scholars are paid post-doctoral researcher in the early stages of their research career.  They seek a position such as a visiting scholar to have the opportunity to work with and learn from talented faculty (such as ours!) to strengthen and increase their research abilities.  They are eagerto build long-term collaborative relationships with US educational institutions and their faculty.  This is a prestigious award to receive and recipients go through a rigorous competitive process to receive such an award.  A Fulbright Scholar may also be a visiting professor.  If so, they are not “admitted” through the Admissions office, rather their teaching arrangement is facilitated administratively through the Dean’s office.  Fulbright Scholars are selected and administered by The Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES).  See for further information.

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Selection Process

The selection process entails three steps: UNH Law Graduate Programs approval, research proposal approval (by the Visiting Scholars Program Faculty Coordinator), 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.  We encourage applicants to review our faculty bios and indicate who they would like work with as their faculty mentor.

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. Please also include original degree transcripts and or certifications and proof of English language proficiency.

Inquiries may be made by emailing

Once your proposal has been reviewed and approved, you should receive an electronic reply (a formal invitation letter) within thirty days.

Application Deadlines

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


The Visiting Program fee is $2,500 per semester. For more information about program fees, please see our current tuition information.

Financial Aid

The law school does not assist scholars with program 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 an application along with other supporting documents. The process may take anywhere from 4-6 weeks. Questions should be emailed to or call (603) 862-1288.


There are a variety of housing options in the Concord area. Visiting Scholars are given access to Places4Students where they can view a list of available housing from local landlords. You will need a username and password to access the housing list. All instructions are posted on the housing website. The law school also has limited housing reserved for international visitors. For more information, please contact the Business Office at

Living Expenses

Living expense costs are established each year, and currently valued at approximately $21,000/year.

Health Insurance

J-1 Exchange Visitors (as well as their accompanying spouses and dependents) are required to  purchase health insurance that covers them for the duration of their exchange visitor program.

Visiting  Scholar Benefits 


Each scholar works with a Faculty Mentor who has expertise in the area of the scholar’s 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 

Scholars have access to the only academic IP Library in the Western Hemisphere. They  can use and checkout books, including our large international and comparative law collection, and can 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 utilizee these 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 near 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 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. 

Zheng Li

Zheng Li since 2008 has been building her career with the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), Beijing, China. She 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. She was designated an Awarded Research Associate and has published seven articles surrounding patent technology analysis. 

Zheng Li is studying inequitable conduct in U.S., including an extensive analysis of case law on the subject.

Pingjuan Lin

Pingjuan Lin, since 2006 has been building her 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 field of study is titled, “Patent Creativity Examination, Dispute Mediation System and Post-Grant Proceedings in U.S.. This research has several parts. She is examining 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 researching U.S. patent 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.

Yang Weng

Yang Weng is currently a doctoral candidate at the Law School of Xi`an Jiaotong University, one of the top universities in China. He earned an LL.M from the School of Economics Law, Northwest University of Politics and Law. His field of study is the law of financial markets. His doctoral supervisor is professor Li Wan-qiang who is also the associate dean of the law school. His research at UNH Law l concentrates on the financial security and financial market regulation laws of the United States from a comparative perspective. 

In recent years, he has been studying the regulation of cross-border financial investment. His dissertation titled “ The Supervision of Cross-border Investment by Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) from the Perspective of Financial Security.” The main purpose of his research is to build a supervision framework for SWFs's global investment activities, which will secure the financial market not only for host countries but also for the regional or global financial markets.

Jie Yan

Jie Yan for ten years has served as an examiner and most recently Principal Administrative

Officer, Administrative Division, Human Resource Department, State Intellectual Property Office(SIPO),PR. China. She earned a Master of Engineering at the China Agricultural University.

Her scholarship will focus on technology commercialization from governments, industry, and universities in recent years in China and developing adaptive commercialization and

intellectual property management strategies, adapting effective ways to assess, select and bring disruptive technologies into the industry. She will examine successful experience in technology commercialization and will estimate the benefits gained from technology commercialization as well as ways to achieve those benefits. She also has interests in key factors impacting patent valuation and principles of patent valuation.

Liping Zhang    

Liping Zhang is an Associate Professor at Jiangnan University. He also serves as General Manager of Jiangsu Chenglin IP Consulting Co. Ltd., conducting patent analysis, patent portfolio planning, IUR (Industry-University-Research) collaboration and transformation of scientific and technological achievements. He earned his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Nankai University and anM.Sc. Organic Chemistry from Yanbian University.

His research aims are to understand and master the rules and methods of technology trading. Through participating in the transformation of some technological projects, he can understand

and learn the following contents:

1. Clarify the main characteristics of the effective innovation ecosystem and

construction of the operation mechanism;

2. Master the assessment methods of technology maturity, and the corresponding

transfer and commercialization strategies;

3. Master the rules of international technology transfer transactions and the use of some

tools such as Lambert Toolbox;

4. Licensing strategy of IP assets based on different business;

5. Determine the most suitable form of IP protection according to inventions and

business opportunities;

6. Use and value realization strategies of different IP as commercial tools;

7. Establish more channels of technology transfer resources and business networks;

8. Cultivation of high-value patents;

9. Evaluation of R&D achievements and formulation of business strategies in universities;

10. Business negotiations, planning of business plans, etc.