Congratulations to Dr Haochen Sun who was awarded the University of Hong Kong's Faculty Knowledge Exchange (KE) Award 2020 (Faculty of Law). The award recognises the impact his research has had on intellectual property in the interests of the public. Titling his application "Intellectual Property and the Public Interest " ("知識產權與公共利益"), the impact from his work was summarised as follows:
"A pioneer of the idea of public interest for copyright protection, which has a direct impact on policy debates in the international arena, Dr Haochen Sun is often interviewed by international and local press, including The Wall Street Journal and RTHK. His research on IP, technology and public interest is featured in international conferences and published in international legal journals. What impressed the selection committee is that Google adopted the wordings suggested by Dr Haochen Sun and by the impact his work has had on the debate in this area."
The Faculty KE Awards were introduced in 2011 in order to recognise each Faculty’s outstanding KE accomplishment that has made demonstrable economic, social or cultural impacts to benefit the community, business/industry, or partner organisations. Nominations in each Faculty were considered by an Ad Hoc Faculty KE Award Selection Committee chaired by the Dean, and members included the Faculty representative serving on the KE Working Group, one of the Associate Directors of the Knowledge Exchange Office (KEO), and a member from outside the University. The selection criteria include evidence of the KE project’s link with excellence in research or in teaching & learning of HKU; evidence of an effective engagement process with the non-academic sector(s); and evidence of demonstrable benefits to the community, business/industry, or partner organisations.