Global Congress on Public Interest Intellectual Property Law

On 25-27 August 2011 the American University Washington College of Law in Washington DC will host a Global Congress, no less. If you want to participate in “one of the most important meetings on international intellectual property law and policy of the year” register here.

The goal of the meeting is to foster a broad dialogue concerning policy options and action oriented proposals in support of the formation of positive agendas for public interest intellectual property law on the global stage.

Aside the American University’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, the meeting will be co-hosted by Fundação Getulio Vargas’s Center for Technology and Society (Rio de Janeiro), the American Assembly at Columbia University and the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (Geneva).

Topics to be discussed at the meeting will include open access to data and research, access to educational materials, open internet, the role of libraries in the digital age, development and intellectual property, new thinking on penalties and enforcement, limitations and exceptions, open business models, facilitating public participation in global intellectual property policy making, expanding and protecting the public domain, promoting research and development and the role of publicly funded research, and access to its products, use of competition law and other policy mechanisms from in relation to possible abuses of intellectual property rights and lessons from national and international experiences and efforts in reforming intellectual property law.

Register here.

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