Dr Xiaoren Wang

  • CREATe Fellow (School of Law)


Xiaoren focuses on the empirical studies on intellectual property law and relevant issues in the platform economy, cyber law and technology law.

Xiaoren received her J.S.D degree at the University of Illinois in May of 2019. After that, she worked as a Max Web fellow (2019-2020) in the European University Institute, Italy. Now she is a Research Associate at the University of Glasgow, funded by the AHRC Creative Industries Policy & Evidence Centre (PEC) on issues relating to platform regulation. She is also a post-doctoral Global Fellow (2020-2021) affiliated with the New York University, School of Law.

Before her J.S.D, Xiaoren practiced IP law in China for five years. Her business covered counseling on trademark and copyright registrations, infringements, counterfeiting, and designing IP strategies for international companies.

Research interests

Her doctoral research explored the anticompetitive effects of trade dress protection from the psychological and economic angles, and based on these interdisciplinary studies she created three empirical approaches to diagnose the anticompetitive effects of trade dress protection.

Her project in CREATe is in the field of the platform economy. A potential empirical research related to copyright, platforms, and innovations is ongoing.  

At the same time, she is also conducting an empirical investigation on the depletion consequences of trademarking single color. By codifying and analyzing all single-color trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Offices (USPTO), she will reveal whether trademarking single colors is exhausting all available colors and developing market entry barriers.