Limitations of Patenting Traditional Chinese Medicine

Xuejiao Cao (Blake)

I. Introduction
The pandemic of COVID-19 has taken a tremendous toll on all of us, as the crisis has ravaged the world.  In China, Traditional Chinese Medicine (“TCM”) has played an important role in the treatment of COVID-19. On 19 August 2020, the General Office of National Health Commission together with the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine announced the Diagnosis and Treatment Plan for New Coronavirus Pneumonia (Trial Version 8)(“Plan”) .  In the Plan, these authorities acknowledged TCM’s contribution to curing Covid-19 patients. Just as the World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”) has stipulated, “growing commercial and scientific interest in traditional medicine system has led to calls for traditional Read the rest

STL Law Review Blog meets the world

Professor Susan Finder

I’m pleased to be able to guide an outstanding team of STL students to establish a blog on Greater Bay/Pearl River Delta-related Chinese legal issues, befitting STL’s role as China’s most innovative law school in China’s most innovative city. The students are for the most part in their second year at STL. This blog will enable our STL law students to provide their unique perspective on Chinese legal issues to the English-speaking world. Many thanks to Dina Yehia Salaheldin, Writing and Research Specialist at STL for her assistance.

Why a blog? Because that is what everyone in the legal professional world outside China reads. The blog will supplement the STL Law Review, to be published in an … Read the rest