Date of Award

Fall 2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Law (SJD)



First Advisor

Professor Dr. William T. Gallagher

Second Advisor

Dr. Ifeanyi Innocent Onwuazombe

Third Advisor

Professor Dr. Chinyere Okpala Chukwuka


Intellectual property rights (IPR) are almost central subjects in US-China relations. The debates between the two countries over IPR protection have been more like an endless chess puzzle. It has become a popular topic to compare the two countries to gain a deep understanding of the legal differences and the reasons of disputes in this regard. To a certain extent, the two countries represent the future course of copyright development. Therefore, this paper attempts to compare the copyright legal system of the two countries by examining the historical development of foreign copyright protection, including domestic legislation and international conventions.