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Conference will explore property law at global level

Intellectual property law experts from around the country will gather at the School of Law to discuss the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights during a daylong conference Jan. 28. The event, free and open to the public, will take place in the Larry Walker Room of Dean Rusk Hall beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The TRIPS agreement introduced intellectual property law into the international trading system for the first time. Now, 15 years later, the leading authorities on the subject will take a then-and-now look at the agreement and its effectiveness.

Entitled “15 Years of TRIPS Implementation: Intellectual Property Protection From a Global Perspective,” the conference will feature panels covering topics such as compulsory licensing, compliance and defiance, TRIPS’ weaknesses, the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement and the relation between TRIPS and other subsequent free trade agreements.

The keynote address will be delivered by Ruth Okediji, Prosser Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. She will give a presentation entitled, “If WIPO Leads, Should the World Follow?: Decentralizing IP Norm-making Processes and the Norms that Result There-from.”

The conference is sponsored by the law school’s Dean Rusk Center as well as its Journal of Intellectual Property Law. Continuing legal education credits are available.