[Ip-health] Oct 16 Event on IP, Trade and Development at American University Washington College of Law

Michael Palmedo mpalmedo at wcl.american.edu
Wed Sep 26 11:03:17 PDT 2012



October 16, 2012 | 9:00am - 2:00pm

Sixth Floor Student Lounges

REGISTRATION <https://www.wcl.american.edu/secle/registration> 


A webcast will be available the day following the event.


PIJIP and Public Citizen will co-host a multidisciplinary event that
will bring together academics, civil society, and policy makers to 1)
examine how intellectual property affects economic growth in countries
at different levels of development, and 2) analyze the way the United
States ratifies trade agreements through Executive Agreements.


United States trade policy aims to increase levels of intellectual
property protection abroad beyond the level required by current
international law codified in the WTO's Agreement on Trade Related
Intellectual Property Rights. Trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP) require the extension of intellectual property
protection to new types of products, processes and works, as well as
increased enforcement of the new obligations. Policymakers have argued
that stronger intellectual property protection will help economies grow,
through increased foreign investment and the encouragement of domestic
innovation. Academic research often finds a more complicated
relationship between intellectual property on the one hand, and foreign
investment, innovation and growth on the other - a relationship that can
differ from nation to nation.


Our first panel will include professors of economics, law and business,
each of whom have written on linkages between intellectual property and
other determinants of growth. Our second panel will include one of the
authors of the recent and often cited Department of Commerce report
Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: Industries in Focus, a
representative from the biotechnology industry, and two panelists from
consumer oriented nonprofits that have each been involved in the TPP


At lunch, Yale Law Professor Oona Hathaway will present her critique of
the way trade agreements are implemented in the U.S. via Executive
Agreements, and her proposal to create a more balanced, democratic, and
effective system for international lawmaking in the United States. Her
talk will be followed by a response from NYU Law Professor Rochelle




First Panel:

*         Walter Park, American University

*         Jerome Reichman, Duke University

*         Michael Ryan, Georgetown University


Second Panel

*         David Langdon, Department of Commerce

*         Joe Damond, Biotechnology Industry Organization

*         Burcu Kilic, Public Citizen

*         Rashmi Rangnath, Public Knowledge



*         Oona Hathaway, Yale University

*         Rochelle Dreyfuss, New York University




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