SCLA talks to Richard Thurston, former Executive Vice Chairman and General Counsel of TSMC



SCLA-IIPCC Dialogue with Richard Thurston, former Executive Vice Chairman and General Counsel of TSMC: What You Need to Know About Trade Secrets, will be held on Saturday, February 6 from 20:00-21:30 GMT. This event is part of the Swiss-Chinese Law Association Dialogue Series. The event will feature Richard Thurston, former Senior Vice President of TSMC, as a panelist. The topics will focus on the practice of trade secret protection from the US, EU, and China, the history of trade secret protection, and the enforcement issues of trade secret protection. In addition, former WTO Senior Counselor Xiaobing Tang and the Kunz Law Firm partner Hermann Knott will participate as invited commentators. The participants will directly face the guests and commentators, have a dialogue with them, and discuss the legal issues related to trade secrets.

Dr. Richard L. Thurston practices in Intellectual Property Law, and he is currently an expert advisor to Duane Morris. Before joining Duane Morris, Dr. Thurston was the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of TSMC and led a series of legal reforms at TSMC. Dr. Thurston has extensive experience in corporate governance and compliance, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, and intellectual property capital management, including intellectual property and trade secret protection. He is also an advisor to the IIPCC (Intellectual Property Commercialization Council).

Invited Reviewers

Xiaobing Tang

Former Senior Counsellor, WTO Market Access Division

Counselor Xiaobing Tang has served in the Market Access Division of the World Trade Organization since August 1, 2002, working on non-agricultural market access, trade facilitation, information technology products, and other market access issues related to trade in goods. Issues related to trade policy, trade law, and multilateral trade negotiations.

Hermann Knott

Senior Partner, Kunze Law Firm

Dr. Hermann Knott is a senior partner at Kunze Law Firm and a member of the Dispute Resolution Committee of the Swiss-Chinese Law Association. He primarily advises participants in cross-border M&A transactions and specializes in industrial and financial sector acquisitions, private equity, joint ventures, and corporate restructuring. In addition, he specializes in seeking alternative solutions to corporate disputes, particularly those related to M&A and other corporate transactions. 

Co-sponsored by: International Intellectual Property Commercialization Council (IIPCC)

The International Intellectual Property Commercialization Council (IIPCC) is a non-profit organization registered in Hong Kong. In 2014, IIPCC was a global, non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization based in Hong Kong. It is the first global international intellectual property (IP) commercialization multidisciplinary NGO headquartered in Asia. It is widely supported by many governmental and non-governmental organizations, including professionals and innovators in various fields. The IIPCC currently has dozens of chapters and over 2,000 expert members worldwide and is an observer at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).