American University Offers Prizes and Scholarships to Study Public Interest Intellectual Property: Funding from Google and UNDP Supports Public Interest Focus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 12, 2010

Contact: Sean Flynn
202-274-4442
sflynn@wcl.american.edu

This week, the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at AU’s Washington College of Law announced new prizes and scholarships to support the study of the impacts of the globalization of intellectual property law on public interests.

Through a fund created by a gift from Google, Inc., PIJIP is sponsoring a call for papers and prize fund for public interest analysis of the “enforcement agenda” in international intellectual property law. The enforcement agenda refers to the shift of international intellectual property rule making toward measures designed to significantly increase government enforcement of intellectual property, including through border searches, police raids, internet service provider liability and other measures. PIJIP will host a workshop of scholars and advocates June 16 and 17 on the topic and will award prizes to the best papers submitted. For more information, see wcl.american.edu/pijip/go/callforpapers

PIJIP also announced a special program of tuition discounts for individuals from developing countries to study International Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines June 7-11, 2010. Through a grant from the United Nations Development Program, PIJIP will offer up to 50% off the cost of tuition for registrants for the course from developing countries. The access to medicines course focuses on the theory and practicalities of using intellectual property limitations and exceptions in developing countries to promote access to needed drugs. Registration information is at wcl.american.edu/pijip/go/summer2010  

About PIJIP

The Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP) at the Washington College of Law promotes public interest approaches to domestic and international intellectual property law through advocacy, events and the provision of legal and consulting services.  PIJIP’s activities focus on a balanced approach to intellectual property and other legal regimes that reward creators while ensuring broad public access to information and its products. For more information, see: wcl.american.edu/pijip

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