Jun 10 – IP Policy

The current administration at the USPTO is actively participating in international dialogues concerning intellectual property issues and new forums for cooperation. Professor Justin Hughes is in the forefront of these initiatives as a senior advisor to Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office David Kappos. Professor Hughes is leading U.S. delegations negotiating new legal norms for international copyright law; for traditional knowledge and folklore; and for harmonization of commercial law affecting intellectual property. The International Intellectual Property Society (“IIPS”) is honored that Professor Hughes will present “Making Progress in the Complex World in International Intellectual Property Law” on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law at 55 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street, New York, New York, in Room 101 on the first floor. A reception will follow the presentation.

Professor Hughes will discuss the dynamics of the complex world of international intellectual property. David Kappos’s administration is actively re-engaging the United States in the dialogues regarding issues at WIPO, WTO, UNCITRAL, and other international intellectual property organizations. These initiatives require great diplomacy and are important for the positioning of the United States in the challenging economic environment of the 21st century.

In addition to serving as a Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, Professor Justin Hughes teaches intellectual property and international trade classes at Cardozo School of Law. He was Director of the Cardozo School of Law’s Intellectual Property Program from 2004 through 2008. He has also been a visiting professor at UCLA and DePaul University. He is the author of several articles on intellectual property, Internet law, and linguistics. He is co-editor of an upcoming book entitled, Geographical Indications: A Handbook of Contemporary Research. Professor Hughes earned his B.A. from Oberlin College and his J.D. from Harvard University School of Law.

The fee for non-members is $20. Admission for other law school students is $10. The nominal $60 annual membership dues fee may be enclosed with the attached membership application. Membership entitles you to attend this meeting and other regular meetings during the September 2010 – September 2011 year at no charge. If you would like to renew your membership, please complete the membership application so you can participate in next year’s programs. If you would like to reserve your space and/or pay at the door, or if you have any questions about this program, please contact Frederick J. Dorchak at fdorchak@collardroe.com.

As with IIPS programs in general, NY CLE credit will be offered. This seminar will provide 1 transitional /non-transitional (Skills) CLE Credit. Mail the Membership Form with annual dues, or meeting payment by Tuesday June 1, 2010, to Harris Wolin at Myers Wolin, LLC, 100 Headquarters Plaza, Morristown, NJ 07960.

We look forward to seeing you in June and at other upcoming events and, as in the past, invite comments and suggestions for programs that might be of interest to you.


Frederick J. Dorchak

IIPS President

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