[A2k] Public TPP brieifng for LA round

Sean Flynn sflynn at wcl.american.edu
Thu Jan 26 03:00:10 PST 2012

Public Interest Organizations to Address Closed-Door Negotiation of International Intellectual Property Agreement in Los Angeles


January 30, 2012
9:30AM, PST


The USC University Club
645 West Exposition Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1161
Map and parking instructions <http://universityclub.usc.edu/html/content.cfm?CID=39> 


Sean Flynn,             202-294-5749      , sflynn at wcl.american.edu
Krista Cox,             650-787-2200      , krista.cox at keionline.org

This event is sponsored by American University's Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property and the non-profit advocacy organization Knowledge Ecology International.  It is free and open to the public.

A live webcast of the event will be available at: http://infojustice.org/tppbriefing


In the context of increasing public scrutiny of the public interest implications of intellectual property laws raised by the recent derailing of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), U.S. and international negotiators will be meeting in Los Angeles behind closed doors to craft new international intellectual property enforcement rules through the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement. Some of the proposals for the agreement have leaked to the public, leading some to raise concerns that the agreement could threaten Internet freedoms, business innovation, the free flow of generic medicines, cost containment in medicaid and other medicine reimbursement programs and other important public interests. Although there has been no official announcement about the planned meeting, public interest advocacy organizations have determined that intellectual property negotiations will be held January 31-Feb 4th at a hotel in West Hollywood. The day before the negotiation, representatives of public interest organizations and regulated businesses will gather at USC to explain their substantive concerns with previously leaked negotiating documents and their process concerns with holding such negotiations in secret. Following the conclusion of the event at 11:30am, speakers will be available for individual press interviews.

9:30am Introduction

*	Sean Flynn, Associate Director, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University Washington College of Law

9:40-10:20am Copyright and the Internet

*	Krista Cox, Staff Attorney, Knowledge Ecology International
*	Jonathan Band, intellectual property attorney in Washington, D.C. whose clients include the Computer & Communications Industry Association
*	Matt Zimmerman, Electronic Frontier Foundation
*	David Fewer, Director, Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic, University of Ottawa

10:25-10:55am Access to Medicines and Development

*	Judit Rius, US Manager of the Access Campaign of Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)
*	Peter Maybarduk, Director, Access to Medicines Campaign, Public Citizen
*	Matt Kavanagh, Health GAP

11:00-11:30 Q&A

*	Moderator, Jack Lerner, Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Director of the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic

To register for the free and public event, go to: http://infojustice.org/public-events/tppbriefing-january30


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