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Yang Chen


Research Interests

  • Trade secrets; Intellectual Property Law

Yang Chen

Yang Chen joined the Penn Carey Law SJD program in 2020. He graduated from Penn Carey Law’s LLM program in 2020 (with distinction), during which he worked as an associate editor in both Asian Law Review and Journal of International Law. He also received the Wharton Business and Law Certificate along with his LLM degree. He stayed on the Asian Law Review as an Executive Editor and in the Journal of International Law as a Senior Editor. He is currently working as a Research Assistant for Prof. Andrea (Yanbai) Wang, researching on a project concerning procedural coordination across borders (especially US-China coordination). Before Penn Carey Law, he earned an LLM degree specializing in Corporate and Commercial Law from the London School of Economics (with merit). Before his LLM degrees, Yang completed his first law degree in 2018 at China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL) and ranked first out of 309 students. During his undergraduate, Yang participated in various volunteering activities as well as pro bono work.


Uncovering the Trade Secrets Law and Practice in China: Potential Cases for Softening Current Rules

Dissertation Committee

Prof. Gideon Parchomovsky; Prof. Andrea (Yanbai) Wang; Prof. Jennifer E. Rothman

Representative Publications

Demystifying China’s Trade Secrets Law in Action—A Statistical Analysis, 13(2) Queen Mary Journal of Intellectual Property Law (forthcoming, 2023)

Enforceability of Anti-Reverse Engineering Clauses in Software Licensing Agreements: The Chinese Position and Lessons from the US and EU Laws, 43 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law (forthcoming, 2022)

Development of China’s Trade Secrets Law in the US’ Shadow: Negative Consequences for China and Suggestions, 17 U. Pa. Asian L. Rev. 138 (2022). Available at:


Awards & Fellowships

  • Zhao and Zeng Scholarship (2020)
  • Beijing Outstanding Graduate (2018)
  • Pen Zhen Scholarship (2018)
  • President Scholarship of CUPL (2018)
  • Linklaters LLP Scholarship (2017)
  • China National Scholarship (2015)