18 ott 2008

Information Justice and Intellectual Property - TRIPS 3.0

As you know I am at the Washington College of Law for 3 months (attending the international visit scholar program). My project, on Intellectual property and criminal law, involves the study of the American system and I will be, as participant, at the Annual Finnegan Distinguished Lecture on IP.
This year the speaker is Prof. Gervais.

Fourth Annual Finnegan Distinguished Lecture on Intellectual Property
Professor Daniel J. Gervais will be the 4th annual Finnegan Distinguished Lecturer in Intellectual Property at American University Washington College of Law (WCL) October 21. The lecture, sponsored by WCL’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP), will be titled “TRIPS 3.0.”

Prof. Gervais is the author of the leading treatise on the history and interpretation of the TRIPS agreement and Editor in Chief of the Journal of World Intellectual Property. He is currently a Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School, previous to which he was professor of law and Acting Dean of the Common Law Section at the University of Ottawa.

Prof. Gervais practiced law in Montreal from 1985 to 1990. In 1990, he became Consultant-Legal Officer at the World Trade Organization (GATT) and was actively involved in the TRIPS Agreement negotiations. In 1992, in joined the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and was promoted the following year to Head of the Copyright Projects Section, where he prepared WIPO studies and international meetings on the impact of digital technology on copyright and neighbouring rights. In 1995, Dr. Gervais joined the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) as Assistant Secretary General and in 1997 moved to the United States to become Director of International Relations at Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), the largest reprographic rights organization in the world. He was promoted to Vice-President in 1998.
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