James joined Imperial in Sep 2021 as an Industry Partnerships and Commercialisation Senior Executive. He primarily takes care of IP and licensing cases from Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Department of Computing. Prior to joining Imperial, James worked in The University of Hong Kong and The Chinese University of Hong Kong for more than a decade handling around several hundreds of inventions and a few thousands of patent applications/patents from the Faculties of Engineering, Science and Medicine, including a patent portfolio with multiple concurrent exclusive licensees, which generated more than 80% of the licensing income of the university, in the magnitude of mid-10 millions of US dollars per year. He also helped the university to develop the licensing policy for copyright materials, includes, software, database, evaluation/diagnosing questionnaire, multimedia files, etc. With his extensive experience in Tech Transfer, James was also invited to teach a module on “Intellectual Property Management and Technology Commercialisation” under the MSc in Electronic Engineering programme and part of the module on “Technology, Society and Engineering Practice” of the undergraduate programme of CUHK.
James is an Electronic Engineer by training, with degree from CUHK and Bachelor of Laws specialised in IP Laws from The University of London. He speaks English, Cantonese and Mandarin.