June 09 – Medicine Access

Reconciling Strong IP and Access to Medicine in Poorer Countries

Shahan Islam, Esq., Senior Corporate Counsel, Pfizer, Inc.


Pfizer Headquarters, 235 East 42nd, Between 2nd and 3rd Aves.

June 11, 2009, from 6 – 8 pm

The IIPS is pleased to announce that Shahan Islam, Esq., Senior Corporate Counsel in the IP Enforcement Group at Pfizer, Inc., will join us for our last meeting of the 2008-2009 season on Thursday, June 11, 2009, at the Pfizer headquarters, 235 East 42nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues), 10th Floor, Room 94, in New York City from 6:00-8:00 p.m.   Mr. Islam’s presentation,  “Are Strong Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines Reconcilable Goals in Developing Countries?” will address the conflict between innovative pharmaceutical companies interest in strong intellectual property protection worldwide and the need for the broad distribution of modern medicines for the population-at-large, especially for the inhabitants of developing countries.   He will address the issues that need to be considered in evaluating these conflicting goals and begin a discussion whether strong intellectual property and access to medicines in poorer countries can be reconcilable goals.



Mr. Islam has managed intellectual property enforcement matters for Pfizer, Inc. in the USA, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Latin America by providing hands-on litigation advice, strategy, and guidance.  He has also drafted and lobbied for stronger IP laws that would meet the World Trade Organization’s standards in the same regions, working with Pfizer’s international markets, health officials and lawmakers.


The fee for non-members is $20.  Admission for law school students is $10.  The nominal $60 annual membership dues fee may be enclosed with the membership application.  Membership entitles you to attend this meeting and other regular meetings during the upcoming September 2009 – September 2010 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 two (2) nontransitional CLE credits.  Mail the Membership Form with annual dues, or meeting payment by May 4, 2009, to Harris Wolin at Myers Wolin, LLC, 100 Headquarters Plaza, Morristown, NJ 07960.


We look forward to seeing you 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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