Kening Li, Ph.D. has over two decades of experience practicing intellectual property and commercial law in the U.S. and China.
Dr. Li assists clients ranging from start-up to Fortune 500 companies in managing IP assets as an integral part of their comprehensive competition strategy. He is experienced in formulating overall IP strategy; leveraging IP assets in investment transactions; enforcing IP rights in courts and administrative agencies; resolving difficult freedom-to-operate obstacles; negotiating licensing agreements; and effectively utilizing existing intellectual property portfolio to strengthen a client’s competitive positions.
In China, he and his team members advise multinational companies on business and IP strategies, including patent and trademark filing, oppositions and enforcement, IP due diligence and FTO analysis, licensing arrangements, research and collaboration agreements, and IP enforcement and litigation.
Dr. Li’s unique understanding of the way government operates in China has allowed him to offer valuable services to western companies starting or expanding their business operations in China.
Dr. Li has also advised clients with regard to China’s data privacy and data protection laws and regulations and to e-commerce related IP issues, including news aggregator liability, as well as online anti-counterfeiting campaigns.
Dr. Li is a member of the American Bar Association, the License Executives Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences and the Chinese Intellectual Property Law Society.
Areas of Practice
International Intellectual Property Law
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
- U.S. Court of International Trade
- University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., with honors
- University of Wisconsin, Ph.D.
- Nanjing University, B.S.
Duane Morris & Selvam LLP/ Duane Morris LLP
- Director/Partner, 2017-present
- Chief of IP, China, 2014-2017
Pinsent Masons LLP
- Partner, 2008-2014
American Bar Association
Chinese Bio-Pharmaceutical Association, General Counsel
Chinese Intellectual Property Association
“From Seed Stealing to the Economic Espionage Act,” WeChat Public Account Publication, April 5, 2016
“Mechanisms for successful University Technology Transfer in the U.S.,” Science Daily, June 21, 2015
“China IP Developments and Trends 2014,” Business Insights 2014, British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai
“Protect your IP in China Before Somebody Else Does,” Business in China Supplement to Sunday Telegraph, 2009
“China’s New Strategy Puts Intellectual Property First,” Out-Law.com, 22 October 2009
“Beijing Ruling Shows Why Foreign Companies Need a Patent Strategy for China,” Out-Law.com, 26 August 2009
Co-author, “The Practical Effect of the KSR Decision,” August 19, 2007
“How to Protect Trade Secrets,” China Business Review, No. 3, 2005, pp. 36-41
Selected Speaking Engagements
Speaker, "Innovation Across Borders: Strategies for U.S. and Chinese Companies in the Health Sciences Industry," Duane Morris LLP and Chinese Biopharmaceutical Association (USA), January 8, 2019
Presenter, "Going to America: IP Legal and Tax Considerations," Duane Morris & Selvam LLP, Shanghai, 26 April 2018
Panel Chair, "Top 10 IP Issues in Asia Pacific," The Association of Corporate Patent Counsel Summer Conference, Utah, June 2017
“Intellectual Property Related Issues in ANDA Filings,” lecture to MBA students at the Yeehong Business School of Shenyang Pharmaceutical University, Beijing, June 2016
Panel Chair, “IP and Regulatory Issues for International Bio-pharma Collaborations,” Chinese Biopharmaceutical Association Annual Meeting, Tsingtao, China, July 2012
Speaker and Moderator, University of Wisconsin Conference on Innovation (co-sponsored by Shanghai Minhang District Government), Shanghai, China, June 2012
Panel Chair, "IP Commercialization and Technology Transfer," China International IP Forum and Innovation Exhibition, China Medical City, Taizhou, China, May 2012
Panel Chair, “IP Protection in China,” BIO CEO Delegation, Shanghai, China, 2011
Speaker, “IP Protection,” US-China Green Energy Council Conference, China, 2010
Panelist, “Building a Global Patent Portfolio and Protecting Your IP in China,” ChinaBio Partnering Forum, Shanghai, 2009
Co-chair of discussion, “Intellectual Property, Legal & Regulatory Issues,” the First Pearl River International Biopharmaceutical Forum & 14th Chinese Pharmaceutical Association Annual Conference, China, 2009
Speaker, “IP Policy Developments in the U.S. – Recent Significant U.S. Supreme Court Patent Cases,” Program in Intellectual Property Management: from the Lab to the Market, Nanjing University, China, 2008
Speaker, “How Multinational Companies Protect and Leverage Intellectual Property Rights,” International Drug Discovery Science & Technology Conference, China, 2006
Chair of discussion, “Why Did China Invalidate the Viagra Patent and What Is Pfizer to Do?” Biotechnology Industry Organization's Annual International Convention (BIO 2005), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2005