2nd Annual Cherry Blossom Symposium – Traditional Knowledge: IP and Federal Policy

 

March 21, 2014 | Room 602 | 9:15am – 4:00pm
American University Washington College of Law
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The second annual Cherry Blossom Symposium will focus on the intersection of intellectual property law and federal policy relating to “traditional knowledge.”

Topics of discussion will include: (1) initiatives to regulate commercial appropriation of names, symbols, and modes of cultural production associated with traditional and indigenous communities; (2) progress in the efforts of the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore to establish international norms; (3) the intersection of protection for genetic resources and research governance, and (4) non-traditional solutions to IPR-related problems affecting traditional knowledge and its custodians.

Opening Keynote
9:25am – 9:45am

Panel 1: Initiative to regulate commercial appropriation of names, symbols, and modes of cultural production associated with traditional and indigenous communities
9:45am – 11am

Chair: Professor Victoria Phillips, American University Washington College of Law
Suzan Harjo - The Morning Star Institute
Gabrielle Tayac – National Museum of the American Indian
Eric Bruce Wilson – International Affairs Coordinator, Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior

Panel 2: Genetic Resources, Indigenous Peoples and Federal Policy
11:15am – 12:30pm

Chair: Professor Jorge Contreras, American University Washington College of Law
Pilar Ossorio – University of Wisconsin Law School
Julia Fuld – WCL alumna
Ezra Rosser
 - American University Washington College of Law
Greg Dolin – University of Baltimore Center for Medicine and Law

Lunch: 12:30 – 1:15pm

Panel 3: Progress in the efforts of the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore to establish international norms
1:15pm – 2:15pm

Chair: Professor Peter Jaszi, American University Washington College of Law
Michael Shapiro – United States Patent and Trademark Office (pending)
Molly Torsen Stech – Counsel, US Copyright Office
Brigitte Vezina – Legal Officer, TKD, WIPO

Panel 4: Non-traditional solutions to IPR-related problems affecting traditional knowledge and its custodians
2:30pm – 3:45pm

Chair: Professor Michael Carroll, American University Washington College of Law
Margaret Chon – Seattle University School of Law
Danielle Conway – University of Hawaii School of Law
WCL IP Clinic Representative

3:45pm Closing comments
4:00pm Reception