Inventing Intellectual Property:
Thursday, November 12, 2015
5:30 P.M. RECEPTION
JW Marriott Houston Downtown
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Ruth L. Okediji. As the William L. Prosser Professor of Law since 2003 at the University of Minnesota Law School, Professor Okediji is recognized worldwide as one of the foremost experts on international IP law and international economic regulation. Before joining the Law School in 2003, she was the Edith Gaylord Presidential Professor of Law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law. Okediji has served as a visiting professor at Duke University School of Law and several other U.S. and international law schools. She has held visiting research positions at Harvard Law School and at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany.
Professor Okediji’s scholarship focuses on issues of innovation policy, economic development, and global knowledge governance in the context of international institutions and public international law. She is co-author of a leading copyright casebook, Copyright in a Global Information Economy (Aspen, 4th ed. 2015), and co-author of a second, seminal casebook, International Patent Law and Policy (Aspen, 2013). Her credits include two additional books, Patent Law in Global Perspective (with Margo Bagley) (Oxford, 2014) and Copyright Law in an Age of Limitations and Exceptions (forthcoming, Cambridge 2015). Okediji also has authored an extensive array of articles, commissioned papers, and book chapters, and has been a reviewer and editor of the Journal of World Intellectual Property since 2009.
Professor Okediji has been acknowledged nationally and internationally for her research and professional service, and is regularly cited for her work on IP-related issues in developing and least developed countries. She has served as a policy advisor on the impact of IP protection on development goals for many governments and inter-governmental organizations. She also has been a consultant for the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development, the U.N. Development Program, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and has directed research and technical assistance projects in Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Caribbean. In 2015, Managing Intellectual Property named Okediji among the 50 most influential people in IP worldwide.
A graduate of the University of Jos (LL.B.) and Harvard Law School (LL.M., S.J.D.), Professor Okediji is licensed to practice law in New York and Minnesota. She was elected to the American Law Institute in 2008. She teaches Contracts, Patents, Copyright, Trademarks, and International Intellectual Property.
Inventing Intellectual Property: Source Disclosure for Genetic Patent Rights?
Recently concluded regional agreements and ongoing international negotiations extending proprietary rights over genetic resources (GR) and associated traditional knowledge (TK) raise serious concerns for the intellectual property system, particularly with respect to innovation in the life sciences. A foremost consideration relates to the conditions under which patent applicants must disclose the source of genetic material to a patent examiner, and the extent to which failure to disclose may impose penalties in certain jurisdictions up to and including patent forfeiture. Also at stake are considerations of how a globally mandated disclosure regime might fundamentally re-shape the criteria for patentability that has been presumptively harmonized across jurisdictions since the conclusion of the TRIPS Agreement.
This lecture examines the nature and scope of the disclosure of origin requirements for GRs and TKs increasingly being adopted in notable jurisdictions around the world. It highlights implications for future harmonization of patent law, in particular cross-border cooperation in patent prosecution and enforcement. Finally, it considers prospects for an international instrument on disclosure of origin within the global intellectual property framework based on recent proposals in various multilateral fora.
2014 DENNIS CROUCH, Associate Professor of Law, Patently-O Blog founder and editor (http://patentlyo.com); University of Missouri School of Law
2013 ELIZABETH A. ROWE, Research Foundation Professor of Law; Director, Program in Intellectual Property Law; Feldman Gale Term Professor in Intellectual Property Law; Levin College of Law, University of Florida
2012 THE HONORABLE JIMMIE V. REYNA, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
2011 ROBERT BRAUNEIS, Professor of Law; Co-Director of the Intellectual Property Law Program; Co-Director of the Dean Dinwoodey Center for Intellectual Property Studies; Member, Managing Board, Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, George Washington University Law School
2010 JANE WINN, Charles I. Stone Professor and Director, Shidler Center for Law Commerce & Technology, University of Washington School of Law
2009 GREGORY N. MANDEL, Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law
2008 MARGO A. BAGLEY, Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law
2007 CLARISA LONG, Max Mendel Shaye Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Columbia Law School
2006 JOHN F. DUFFY, George Washington University National Law Center, Washington, D.C.
2005 DAN L. BURK, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis
2004 DAVID J. FRANKLYN, University of San Francisco School of Law
2003 WILLIAM F. LEE, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP, Boston
2002 HON. PAUL MICHEL, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C.
2001 YSOLDE GENDREAU, Université de Montreal, Quebec
2000 JERRE B. SWANN, Partner, Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, Atlanta
1999 JOSEPH STRAUS, Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law, Munich
1998 JOHN R. THOMAS, Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.
1997 HON. NANCY LINCK, Solicitor, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Washington, D.C.
1996 CHIEF CIRCUIT JUDGE GLENN ARCHER, CIRCUIT JUDGE PAULINE NEWMAN, AND SENIOR CIRCUIT JUDGE EDWARD SMITH, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Washington, D.C.
1995 DONALD S. CHISUM, Author, CHISUM ON PATENTS
1994 JOHN PEGRAM, Fish & Richardson, P.C., New York, NY