Feb. 27 – Reimagining IP/Gender: The Next Ten Years of Feminist Engagement with Intellectual Property Law


Presented with the Women and the Law Program

Feb. 27, 2015 – 9:30am, Room 601
American University Washington College of Law
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At the 11th Annual IP/Gender, presenters will address the production of knowledge, commodification, definition, and valuation of women’s work, and other areas of feminist and queer inquiry. We hope to spur intellectual property scholars to explore how the tools of deliberately intersectional feminist and queer theory can shed new light on the challenge of creating intellectual property law that fosters social justice.  For more information about previous events in the IP/Gender series, see here.

9:30 am – Welcome – Michael Carroll, American University Washington College of Law

9:35 – Opening Keynote
Ann Shalleck, American University Washington College of Law – Introduction
Rebecca Tushnet, Georgetown University Law Center– IP, Gender, and Creative Communities

10:00 – Panel I
Community Structure and Women’s Leadership in Traditional Cultural Production – Moderator – Margaret Chon, Seattle University School of Law

  • Helen Chuma Okoro, Nigerian institute of Advanced Legal Studies – Traditional Knowledge, Intellectual Property Protection, and Matriarchal Dominance: The Case of Traditional Textiles in South Western Nigeria
  • Lorraine Aragon, University of North Carolina – Cut From the Same Cloth? Reimagining Copyright’s Relationship with TCEs and Gender in Indonesia

11:00 Coffee 11:15 – Panel II Documenting Communities of Practice – Moderator – Meredith Jacob, American University Washington College of Law

  • Jhessica Reia, Center for Technology and Society at Fundacao Getulio Vargas (CTS-FGV) – DIY or Die! Gender and Creation in Marginal Music Production
  • Betsy Rosenblatt, Whittier Law School (and Rebecca Tushnet) – Transformative Works: Young Women’s Voices on Fandom and Fair Use

12:30 Lunch

1:00 – Lunch Keynote: Kara Swanson, Northeastern University School of Law – IP and Gender: Reflections on Methodology and Accomplishments

1:30 Panel III

Gender and Intellectual Property in the U.S. Federal Courts – Moderator – Christine Farley, American University Washington College of Law

  • Jessica Silbey, Suffolk University Law School – Intellectual Property Reform Through the Lens of Constitutional Equality
  • Sandra Park, ACLU Women’s Rights Project – A Feminist Challenge to Gene Patents: Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics

2:30 Coffee

2:45 Panel IV

Gendered Understandings of the Role and Scope of Intellectual Property Law – Moderator – Irene Calboli, Marquette Law School and National University of Singapore

  • Carys Craig, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University – Deconstructing Copyright’s Choreographer: the Power of Performance (and the Performance of Power)
  • Charles Colman, New York University School of Law – Patents and Perverts

3:45 – Looking Forward: the Next Ten Years – Peter Jaszi, American University Washington College of Law, Daniela Kraiem, American University Washington College of Law, and community

4:30 – Close