[Ip-health] Cato event w/Public Citizen Thursday: Patents, Public Health, and International Law: The Eli Lilly Nafta Chapter 11 Case

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Fri Jan 10 09:37:29 PST 2014

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Patents, Public Health, and International
Law: The Eli Lilly NAFTA Chapter 11 Case<http://cato.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=98c97f42691d5de57bc944822&id=c7605e85d4&e=cab9764f64>

Burcu Kilic
Legal Counsel, Public Citizen Global Access to Medicine Program

Christopher Sands
Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

Mark Schultz
Associate Professor, Southern Illinois University School of Law, and Senior Scholar,
Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property, George Mason University School of

moderated by
Simon Lester
Trade Policy Analyst, Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies,
Cato Institute

In recent years, controversy has arisen over perceived conflicts between intellectual property protection and public health, and also over the role of international investment rules that allow corporations to sue governments before international tribunals. A new case combines both issues. Pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly has filed a claim before a NAFTA tribunal, alleging that Canadian court decisions in response to challenges from the Canadian generic drug industry have unfairly invalidated some of the company's Canadian patents. Eli Lilly has asked for CDN$500 million as compensation for the damages it has suffered. This forum assembles experts with different perspectives on the case to sort through the various intellectual property, public health, and international law issues involved: Is the "promise utility" doctrine relied on by the Canadian courts credible? Is public health undermined or helped by this shift, which will favor the generic drug industry? Is it appropriate for international tribunals to play a role here? Please join us for a spirited discussion.

Policy Forum
Thursday, January 16, 2014, 2013, 11:00 a.m.

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