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Patent Sovereignty and International Law

Friday, October 16, 2015
University of California, Irvine School of Law (map)

The international patent system walks a tightrope between harmonization and diversity. Harmonization efforts offer the benefit of uniformity, but because of diverse national interests, one size cannot fit all countries. What national flexibilities do current treaties such as the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) offer? Given the rise of regional trade agreements, and controversies over “fast track” negotiating authority, what flexibilities will be available in the future? This conference begins with the recent Declaration on Patent Protection and Regulatory Sovereignty Under TRIPs as a launching point to explore the proper balance between international patent harmonization and national sovereignty.

Confirmed Speakers

Frederick M. Abbott, Florida State University
Dan L. Burk, University of California, Irvine
Margo A. Bagley, University of Virginia
Rochelle C. Dreyfuss, New York University
Sean Flynn, American University
Donald P. Harris, Temple University Beasley
Reto M. Hilty, Max Planck Institute
Cynthia M. Ho, Loyola University of Chicago
Marketa Trimble, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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