Internationally Renowned IP Scholar Joins IU McKinney


Professor Xuan-Thao NguyenProfessor Xuan-Thao Nguyen has joined the faculty and is now leading the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Innovation at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She became part of Indiana University on August 1, 2014.

Professor Nguyen is internationally recognized for her teaching and scholarship in the areas of intellectual property, secured transactions, bankruptcy, licensing, and taxation. She has co-authored several treatises and casebooks and around 30 law review articles in the areas of intellectual property, secured financing, bankruptcy, and taxation. She is the Gerald L. Bepko Chair in Law, an endowed chair made possible in part by Robert H. McKinney’s gift to the law school.

She already has several events planned for the coming academic year. There are 13 in the Fall 2014 semester alone on topics as diverse as getting to know the IP Center and its faculty, to tips for students on landing their first IP job, to startups, crowdfunding, social media, franchising, privacy, and the latest Supreme Court’s IP decisions.

“The events are planned around the Center’s focus on Innovation and Intellectual Property – I2P, as I would call it,” Professor Nguyen said. “Innovation is very important to every sector of the economy, whether local, national, or international. The events are organized with the students in mind: Many events reflect the I2P emphasis in order to provide the students the latest legal and business development best practices in the IP area in the United States and other countries. These events take place outside the classroom, enriching the students’ overall educational experience at McKinney. The students will have the opportunity to network with the experts and learn from them. The events are also for the experts and the Center’s professors to work together on projects and training that would advance the IP field.”

In addition, Professor Nguyen has been instrumental in helping plan the content for the Indiana Law Review (ILR) Symposium on September 23 at the law school. The topic is “Liability, Rights, and Remedies in Toxic Torts: Local, National, and International Responses in the Age of Globalization.” The ILR has partnered with the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences Institute of State and Law for the event. This is the first time a delegation from the academy will take part in a U.S. law school’s symposium.

“The toxic torts symposium is an example of bringing McKinney professors in torts, environmental law, international environmental law, environmental justice, human rights, international human rights, litigation, legal and judicial reform together,” Professor Nguyen said. “The Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences, Institute of State and Law, and other speakers are enthusiastic to work with McKinney faculty. I feel very lucky to have wonderful colleagues.” She indicated that she’s enjoyed working on the event with the ILR editors. “The Indiana Law Review leadership is fantastic,” she said.

Professor Nguyen frequently provides technical expertise and support to the Vietnam Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Science and Technology. She regularly speaks at academic symposia, conferences, seminars and workshops on topics related to her legal scholarship and higher education in the United States, China, Vietnam, Thailand, Hong Kong and Vienna. She is a consultant for the World Bank/IFC on Secured Transactions in China, Vietnam and the Mekong Region. She currently serves on the Scientific Council, University Economics & Law, Vietnam National University, shaping the strategic vision of the university. In 2009, Professor Nguyen was a Senior Fulbright Scholar VNU School of Law in Hanoi; she taught and developed an IP curriculum and trained law lecturers. She then served as a Fulbright Scholars Peer Reviewer from 2010 to 2013.

Prior to entering academia, Professor Nguyen practiced law at Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, and Pryor Cashman Sherman & Flynn, both firms in New York City. She is registered to practice with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

In addition to settling into her new role at the law school, Professor Nguyen is enjoying her new home in downtown Indianapolis.

“I love it,” she said of living downtown. “I already ran on the Cultural Trail. I walked to work a couple times. I also used my bike to work. Quite liberating! I enjoy living in the downtown area and I like the noises!”

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