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[e-drug] Miami Nov 19 IP Trade Seminar

E-drug: Miami Nov 19 IP Trade Seminar


            Negotiating Intellectual Property Provisions
                         in Free Trade Agreements
A one-day workshop on Wednesday, November 19, 2003
                    sponsored in Miami, Florida by
     The Program on Intellectual Property and the Public
Interest Washington College of Law, American University
      The Consumer Project on Technology,
                                    and the
Centro de Eduios Interdisciplinario de Derecho Industrial y
Economico (CEIDIE) Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
                              with the support of
     The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

In recent years, international trade agreements have supplanted
specialized treaties as the most important vehicle for defining norms
in global intellectual property law. With the 1994 WTO TRIPS
Agreement as a baseline, the United States, the European Union and
other countries now are seeking agreement on higher levels of
protection for patents, copyright, trademarks and other forms of IP,
and on measures for the enforcement of these rights. The major
vehicles for this post-TRIPS enhancement of trade-based IP
protection are so-called Free Trade Agreements of bilateral, regional
or even hemispheric coverage.

FTA's raise a full range of issues concerning the appropriate
definition of intellectual property norms in light of the positions of the
countries negotiating such understandings. Some of these issues
seem remote from the immediate concerns of countries struggling to
build basic economic institutions. But they may have important
consequences for the future. Many of these issues are highly
technical in nature, and some of them can be illuminated by
examining the experience of countries (including the U.S. and various
European states) which have a relatively long experience with high
levels of IP protection.

The goal of the workshop is to provide negotiators participating in the
development of FTA's with a useful "toolkit" of information about basic
IP law concepts; the IP provisions of various concluded and proposed
FTA's; the implications of those provisions for cultural, scientific, and
economic development; and the possible alternatives. In the course
of the day, experts from South and North South America will
participate in a series of topically organized panels on various IP
topics, leading up to a general discussion of negotiating goals and
strategies. The workshop will offer a wide range of perspectives on
this important topic, along with an opportunity for the exchange of
views among participants.

The workshop will be held in the Storer Auditorium of the University of
Miami, in Coral Gables, which is convenient to downtown Miami by
taxi and public transportation. Speaker presentation will be followed
by opportunities for questions and answers. Concise briefing papers
on various topics will be distributed at the workshop.

A tentative agenda for the workshop follows:

9-9:30am -- Welcome and Introduction: Peter Jaszi, American
University (U.S.) and Carlos Correa, CEIDIE (Argentina)

9:30 - 11am -- Panel I: Copyright, Trademark, and related Forms of
- Howard Knopf, Macera & Jarzyna (Canada): Substantive Copyright
- Gwen Hinze, Electronic Frontier Foundation (U.S.): Technological
Protection and Anti-circumvention
- Christine Farley, American University: Trademark Law (US)
- David Vivas Eugui, International Center for Trade and Sustainable
Development ICTSD] (Switzerland): Geographic Indications


11:15 am -12:45 pm -- Panel II: Industrial Property and Internet
- Joshua Sarnoff, American University: Substantive Patent Law (US)
- Carlos Correa: Patent and IP Enforcement (Argentina)
- Perez Miranda, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de México [UNAM]
(Mexico): Compulsory Licensing and Investment Agreements
- Michael Froomkin, University of Miami (U.S.): Internet Domain

Lunch provided - Keynote speakers will include Francisco
Cannabrava, Second Secretary, Brazilian Embassy in Mexico

2:15-3:30 pm -- Panel III: Sui Generis Protection
- P. Bernt Hugenholtz, Institute for Information Law, University of
Amsterdam (Netherlands): Database Protection
- Rose Marie Maldonado, Abogado (Guatemala): Protection for
Pharmaceutical Testing Data
- Alejandro Argumedo, Asociacion ANDES (Peru): Traditional
- Maria Julia Oliva, Center for International Environmental Law [CIEL]
(Switzerland): Plant Variety Protection


3:45-5:15 pm -- Panel IV: A Roundtable on the Trade Negotiation
Process and Coalition Building
- Jonathan Band, Morrison & Foerster (U.S.)
- James Love, Consumer Project on Technology (U.S.)
- Samuel Moreno, FTAA Negotiator (Panama)
- Roman Macaya, Domestic Chemical Manufacturers - Costa Rica
- Diane Tussie, Facultad Latinamericana de Ciencias Sociales
[FLACSO] (Argentina)
- Luis Villarroel Villalon, Legal Advisor, Ministry of Education (Chile)
- Elza Moreira Marcelino de Castro Divisao de Propiedad Intelectual,
DNT- (Brazil)

Reception - drinks and hors d'oeuvres

The workshop is offered free of charge, please contact Earl Pierce
(etpierce@wcl.american.edu or 202-274- 4148) to be placed on the
registration list. When registering, please indicate your name,
institutional affiliation, e-mail address, primary telephone number, and
fax number.

Although the organizers of the workshop hope that as many
registrants as possible can join us for the entire day, those who can
participate in only part of the program also are welcome. Further
information about the location of the workshop and transportation
options will be posted soon at this website.

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