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    00101 Helsinki


  • 74 Citations
  • 4 h-Index

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Nari Lee is the professor intellectual property at Hanken. She has joined Hanken faculty in 2012. She has studied law at Ewha Womans University in Korea and at Kyushu University, Japan (LL.M), and holds a Ph.D from University of Eastern Finland and Doctor of Laws (LL.D) degree from Kyushu University, Japan. Since 1996, she has researched and taught in the area of intellectual property and international trade in universities in Europe, Asia and USA. Her research experience includes post of an affiliated research fellow at Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition in Munich, Germany (2012-2014), Research Visitor at University of Cambridge (2016), Senior Global Hauser Fellow at New York University (NYU) Law School (2017). In 2019 Spring, she will also serve as a Designated Professor, at the Center for Asian Legal Exchange at Nagoya University, Japan and in 2019 Spring-Summer as Research Visitor at Center for IP and Information Law (University of Cambridge).  

Research areas

  • Personalized medicine, Pharmaceutical Innovation and IP law 
  • Fairness, Morality and Intellectual Property
  • Open and Alternative Innovation Regimes and Intellectual Property 
  • Disruptive Innovations (e.g. 3DP, AIs, Biogenetic technology) and intellectual property law and policy 
  • Trade Secret Protection and IP law 

Education information

Doctor of Laws, Kyushu University, Japan, 2002

Additional Education Information

Doctor of Philosophy, (Ph.D.) University of Eastern Finland. 2010

External positions

Research Visitor, University of Cambridge


Designated Professor, Nagoya University


Senior Global Research Fellow, New York University, Law School


Research Visitor , University of Cambridge



  • 513 Law
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • patent law
  • law and policy
  • theory of intellectual property
  • open innovation
  • international trade law

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Research Output

Specialized IP Courts in China - Judicial Governance of Intellectual Property Rights

Lee, N. R. & Zhang, L., 09.11.2017, In : International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law. 48, 8, p. 900-924

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
2 Citations (Scopus)

The Private and Non-commercial Use Defence Revisited: The Case of 3D Printing Technologies

Ballardini, R. & Lee, N. R., 2017, 3D Printing, Intellectual Property and Innovation: Insights from Law and Technology. Ballardini, R. M., Norrgård, M. & Partanen, J. (eds.). Alphen aan den Rijn: Kluwer Law International

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Revisiting the principle of technological neutrality in patent protection in the age of 3D printing technology and cloud computing

Lee, N., 2016, TRIPS plus 20: From Trade Rules to Market Principles. Ullrich, H., Hilty, R. M., Lamping, M. & Drexl, J. (eds.). Berlin, Heidelberg: Springer, p. 361-388 27 p. (MPI Studies on Intellectual Property and Competition Law; no. 25).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Study on Trade Secret Protection in Europe, US and China

Lee, N. R. & Huang, W., 2020, EUIPO. 72 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportProfessional

Interfacing Intellectual Property Rights and Open Innovation

Lee, N., Nystén-Haarala, S. & Huhtilainen, L., 2011, Lappeenranta University of Technology. (Department Of Industrial Management Research Report; no. 225)

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned reportProfessional


Europeal Policy for Intellectual Property (External organisation)

Nari Lee (Board member)

Activity: MembershipMembership in academic committee, council, board

New York University, Law School

Nari Lee (Visit abroad)

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisit to other institution

University of Cambridge

Nari Lee (Visit abroad)

Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisit to other institution

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (External organisation)

Nari Lee (External reviewer of other positions)

Activity: MembershipAssessment of candidates for academic posts

International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law (Journal)

Nari Lee (Reviewer)

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workScientific journal