Meeting to Bring Together Academics and Advocates to Discuss Public Interest Impacts of Controversial Intellectual Property Treaty

 

VIEW WECAST OF OPENING PLENARY - THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2010; 9-11:00am

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 14, 2010

CONTACT:
Sean Flynn
202-274-4157
sflynn@wcl.american.edu

Over 80 academics and advocates from 5 continents will be gathering at American University Washington College of Law June 17 and 18 to deliberate over public interest concerns with a controversial intellectual property treaty being negotiated in secret.

The meeting will be taking place 10 days before the launch of the next round of negotiations of the secretly negotiated Anticounterfeiting Trade Agreement in Lucerne, Switzerland. Civil society representatives are not being permitted in the Lucerne negotiation.

A primary goal of the meeting will be to deliberate over a set of principles that should restrain ACTA negotiators in order to promote public interest concerns. The set of principles will be publicly released before the next round of ACTA negotiations begin.

The draft agenda for the meeting is enclosed. For press credentials to attend the meeting in person or by webcast, email pijip@wcl.american.edu

More information on PIJIP’s enforcement project is available at http://sites.google.com/site/iipenforcement/

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