Professor Jorge Contreras Cited in New York Times Article

American University Washington College of Law professor Jorge Contreras was cited as "the leading authority on standard-setting patents" in a recent New York Times article on Microsoft's lawsuit against Motorola mobility, "which accuses Motorola of breaching its obligation to offer standard-essential patents on fair and resonable licensing terms." A recent bench ruling by Judge James Robart in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, which granted Microsoft a temporary restrianing order and preliminary injuction, in turn preventing Motorola Mobility from enforcing the pending German injuction that would bar Microsoft from Selling Windows and Xbox in Germany.

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April 11: Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expression: Whose Property is it Anyway?

An exploration of patenting ancient knowledge in medicine, mathematics, and the arts and the effect it will have on South Asian and other world cultures. The panel will be followed by a short performance of a traditional South Asian art form.

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April 11: 1L IP Advising

Join WCL Intellectual Property Faculty and members of the PIJIP Staff for our 1L Spring Advising Session. The session is recommended for all 1L students interested in studying intellectual property. The session will address curriculum recommendations for students entering their second year. Additionally, it will cover externship opportunities available to intellectual property students, opportunities for experimental learning, and ways to get involved in WCL’s IP program.

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Infojustice Blog by Carrie Sager Covered by Techdirt

A recent blog post by PIJIP Dean's Fellow Carrie Sager hilighting the distinctions between ACTA and the TPP has recently recieved coverage on TechDirt and BoingBoing. The articles refer to a chart, created by Carrie, which juxtaposes provisions from TPP Intellectual Property Chapter with the comparable sections of ACTA.

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WCL Professors Organize Letter on U.S.-Colombia FTA Implementation Bill

This morning, a letter organized by WCL professors Peter Jaszi, Michael Carroll and Sean Flynn, and signed by nearly 70 international intellectual property academics and experts, was sent to the Colombian legislature “in response to what we perceive as a hurried process to implement the provisions of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement through amendments to Colombian law that may not fully take into account the importance of balance in a healthy copyright system.”

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April 9: PIJIP Fall 2012 Advising

Come by WCL 600 today, April 9 at 5:30 for a brief information session about the intellectual property course offerings for the Fall 2012 Semester. The info session will cover which courses are being taught next semester, and will give you a chance to discuss course offerings with fellow IP students to help plan out your schedule. The session will also cover ways to get involved in intellectual property-related activities at WCL.

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April 12: TPP Seminar on IP Chapters, University of Chile Law School, Santiago

The Centro de Regulación y Competencia (RegCom) - Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Chile and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University Washington College of Law will present a public seminar during the intersessional negotiation of the intellectual property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement in Santiago Chile.

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Natassia Rozario Receives Fullbright Scholarship

PIJIP would like to congratulate Natassia Rozario, a 3L student at WCL, for being selected for a U.S. Student Fulbright Award to conduct research in India next year. Her project, Legacies of Brown: The Role of Public Interst Litigation and Grassroots Movements to Advancing the Right to Health in India, will build on her experience for working for Anand Grover, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, as well as her current work in Professor Sean Flynn's Human Rights and Access to Medicine Practicum.

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April 11: Traditional Knowledge and Cultural Expression: Whose Property is it Anyway?

An exploration of patenting ancient knowledge in medicine, mathematics, and the arts and the effect it will have on South Asian and other world cultures. The panel will be followed by a short performance of a traditional South Asian art form.

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Introducing the PIJIP Update

Greetings from the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) at American University Washington College of Law. The PIJIP Update is a once-a-semester review of recent publications and activities of PIJIP faculty and staff. Based in the nation’s capital, PIJIP takes a global, policy-oriented and practical approach to the fields of intellectual property and information law. Faculty and staff collaborate to provide first class educational opportunities, through our academic program, and to serve the broader community, through our research program and public impact activities.

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