Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest: Register Now

PIJIP will host the inaugural Global Congress on Public Interest Intellectual Property on Aug. 25-27, 2011. Intellectual property practitioners, academics, and public officials from around the globe will deliberate timely international intellectual property topics including the status of the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and the challenges of achieving a balanced IP system in the digital age.

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IP Brief: Call for Submissions

The American University Intellectual Property Brief publishes semesterly articles as well as daily blog posts of IP news throughout the year. We welcome you to check out our content at http://www.ipbrief.net and subscribe to our email newsletter, RSS feed, Twitter, or Facebook.

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Profs. Jaszi and Aufderheide Publish New Book - Reclaiming Fair Use

We're excited to announce the launch of Reclaiming Fair Use - a book that empowers creators of all kinds. Professors Patricia Aufderheide, Director of the Center for Social Media, and Peter Jaszi, Professor of Law in the Washington College of Law at American University, urge a robust embrace of a principle long-embedded in copyright law, but too often poorly understood—fair use.

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PIJIP and ICTSD host dialogue on Scenarios for Global Copyright Reform and Public Interest IP Agenda

The past decade has been a turbulent one for the global intellectual property system in general and for the international copyright regime in particular. On the one hand, there is a trend pressing for greater access to knowledge that is fueled by an unprecedented growth in communication and information technologies. This is exemplified by the growth of open access initiatives, open source and collaborative models and demands for greater use of existing limitations, exceptions and flexibilities in intellectual property legislations and possibly the elaboration of new instruments in this area. On the other hand, there is a trend towards stronger enforcement of intellectual property rights beyond existing international standards with initiatives such as ACTA, three-strike measures in some industrialized countries and free trade agreements (TPP).

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PIJIP Professor Sean Flynn Responds to Supreme Court Decision in Sorrell v. IMS Health, Inc.

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Today the United States Supreme Court struck down a Vermont law that limited the sale of physician-identifiable prescription data for marketing purposes. In a 6-3 decision, the Court held that the law was a violation of the First Amendment. Prof. Sean Fiil-Flynn, Associate Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at the Washington College of Law served as counsel for amici AARP and National Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Prices. Prof. Fiil-Flynn responds:

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PIJIP Professor Jaszi in Chronicle of Higher Education: Pushing Back Against Legal Threats by Putting Fair Use Forward

A new book by PIJIP Professor Peter Jaszi, and American University Center for Social Media Professor Patricia Aufderheide contains guidelines for the fair use of copyrighted material by educators, filmmakers and others. Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright was recently the subject of this article in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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Supreme Court to Hear Prescription Privacy Case - Sorrell v. IMS Health, Inc.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Sorrell v. IMS Health, Inc, et al. The case focuses of the ability of states to protect the confidentiality of health care date, specifically the ability of states to restrict the use of physician-identifiable data for the purpose of pharmaceutical marketing. American University, Washington College of Law’s Program on Information Justice & Intellectual Property’s Sean Flynn and Meredith Jacob had previously filed an amicus curiae brief in this case. The brief, filed on behalf of AARP and the National Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Prices, argued that the Supreme Court should not limit this valuable tool for protecting medical privacy and controlling prescription drug prices. This case raises central questions about the interplay of privacy protections and the First Amendment, and will set the stage for upcoming decisions about consumer privacy, consent, and the sale of data.

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WCL Student Wins National Law Review Writing Contest with Paper on Pharmaceutical Patents and International IP Agreements

The National Law Review has announced that Washington College of Law LLM Student Guadalupe A. Lopez is one of its Spring 2011 Student Legal Writing Contest Winners. Her paper - "From TRIPS to ACTA: Establishing the Intent to Uphold Access to Medicine in the Face of Ambiguity," is available here: http://goo.gl/4rCeP

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Notes from PIJIP Event: “Special 301 and the Enforcement Agenda: Competing Perspectives on U.S. Intellectual Property and Trade Policy.

PIJIP recently hosted a a debate between two leading industry advocates with divergent visions of U.S. trade policy on intellectual property and technology matters: Matt Schruers, Vice President for Law & Policy, Computer & Communications Industry Association, and Steve Metalitz, Partner, Michell Silberberg & Knupp LLP.

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April 1 (9am-5pm) - The Eighth Annual IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections

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The Eighth Annual “IP/Gender: Mapping the Connections” Symposium focuses on the special theme of gender and the production of traditional cultural knowledge. Since colonial times, the specific cultural productions of discrete human communities have been systematically under-valued and relegated to the status of “naturally occurring raw materials” in legal and economic regimes. The consequences of introducing IP regimes in this area may have special significance for women and their communities, or may reflect underlying assumptions about gender, women’s proper role in decolonization and development, and the distributive consequences of IP regimes. Program Agenda and More Information: http://tiny.cc/ck50q

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