April 6: Special 301 and the Enforcement Agenda: Competing Perspectives on U.S. Intellectual Property and Trade Policy
Room 603, Lunch 12:45pm Introduction 1:00pm
Washington College of Law, 4801 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC
Trade and intellectual property law converged in the World Trade Organization’s path-breaking agreement on Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (1994). Since then, a dominant direction of U.S. foreign policy has been to advocate for foreign countries to adopt increasingly higher standards of intellectual property protection and enforcement, including in the recently negotiated Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement and in the current negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). There is debate within U.S. technology and media industries, however, about how far this trend should continue, and whether it will impair important U.S. commercial interests.
This event featured debate between two leading industry advocates of divergent visions of U.S. trade policy on intellectual property and technology matters:
- Matt Schruers, Vice President for Law & Policy, Computer & Communications Industry Association. CCIA members include Google, Facebook, Oracle, eBay, Nividia, and AMD
- Steve Metalitz, Partner, Michell Silberberg & Knupp LLP. MS&K clients include Sony, RIAA, MPAA, and ASCAP
The event was moderated by Sean Flynn, Associate Director, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property