Prof. Peter K. Yu

Professor of Law

Professor of Communication

Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property

Texas A&M University


 

 

conferences

 

Patent Law, Public Interest, and Social Policy

PATENT LAW, SOCIAL POLICY, AND PUBLIC INTEREST: THE SEARCH FOR A BALANCED GLOBAL SYSTEM

 

Benjamin N. Cardozo

School of Law

Yeshiva University

 

November 7, 2002

 

DESCRIPTION

 

Countries differ in terms of their levels of wealth, economic structures, technological capabilities, political systems, and cultural tradition.  As a result, policymakers face different political pressures and make different value judgments as to what would best promote the creation and dissemination of intellectual works in their own countries.  These uncoordinated judgments eventually result in a conflicting set of intellectual property laws around the world.

 

As the world becomes increasingly globalized, harmonization is badly needed.  Unfortunately, harmonization is not an easy process, as countries have different needs, goals, and preferences.  Even worse, they subscribe to different beliefs as to what would be an acceptable method of protection, the limits on such protection, and the role a government should play in granting such protection.

 

To examine the diverging standards used in the international patent system and the theories behind such protection, this conference brings together academics, practitioners, government officials, and representatives of intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations.

 

SCHEDULE

 

8:30

Continental Breakfast

 

9:00

Welcoming Remarks

 

Prof. Peter K. Yu, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University & Research Associate, Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy, University of Oxford

 

9:15

Business Method Patents and Global Differences

 

Moderator:

  • Prof. Justin Hughes, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

Speakers:

  • Greg Aharonian, Source Translation

  • Prof. Vincent Chiappetta, Willamette University College of Law

  • Prof. Michael J. Meurer, Boston University School of Law

  • David Perkins, Esq., Clifford Chance, London

11:30

Coffee Break

 

11:45

AIDS Drugs, Cipro and National Emergencies

Moderator:

  • Richard Owens, Center for Innovation Law & Policy, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Speakers:

  • Robert A. Armitage, Esq., Vice President & General Counsel, Eli Lilly & Co.

  • Prof. Thomas F. Cotter, Frederic G. Levin College of Law, University of Florida

  • Nicholas P. Groombridge, Esq., Weil Gotshal & Manges, LLP, New York

  • Prof. Cynthia M. Ho, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

  • Prof. Srividhya Ragavan, National Academy for Legal Studies & Research University, Hyderabad, India

1:15

Lunch Presentation

 

Jon P. Santamauro, Esq., Office of International Relations, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

 

2:45

Harmonization of the International Patent System

 

Moderator:

  • Prof. Peter K. Yu, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University & Research Associate, Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy, University of Oxford

Speakers:

  • Prof. Setsuko Asami, Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy, Hitotsubashi University, Japan

  • Prof. Timothy R. Holbrook, Chicago-Kent College of Law

  • Prof. Karl F. Jorda, Franklin Pierce Law Center

  • Prof. Jonathan Putnam, University of Toronto Faculty of Law

Commentator:

  • Michael Meller, Esq., Anderson Kill & Olick, New York

4:15

Coffee Break

 

4:30 

Festo and Its Transnational Implications

 

Moderator:

  • Jeffrey I.D. Lewis, Esq., Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler, New York

Speakers:

  • Prof. Shubha Ghosh, University at Buffalo Law School, SUNY

  • Benjamin C. Hsing, Esq., Kaye Scholer, LLP, New York

  • Prof. Mark D. Janis, The University of Iowa College of Law

  • Prof. Toshiko Takaneka, University of Washington School of Law

  • Harold C. Wegner, Esq., Foley & Lardner, Washington, D.C.

  • Prof. Alan Wolf, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law & Department of Physics, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Arts

6:00

Reception

 

SYMPOSIUM AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS

 

Peter K. Yu, SARS and the Patent Race: An Introduction to the "Patent Law, Social Policy, and Public Interest" Symposium (Michigan State University-DCL Public Law & Legal Theory Working Paper Series, No. 01-17, 2003)

 

Vincent Chiappetta, TRIP-ping Over business Method Patents, 37 Vand. J. Transnat'l L. 181 (2004)

Thomas F. Cotter, Market Fundamentalism and the TRIPS Agreement, 22 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 307 (2004)

Timothy R. Holbrook, The Treaty Power and the Patent Clause: Are There Limits on the United States' Ability to Harmonize?, 22 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 1 (2004)

Srividhya Ragavan, The Jekyll and Hyde Story of International Trade: The Supreme Court in PhRMA v. Walsh and the TRIPS Agreement, 38 U. Rich. L. Rev. 777 (2004)

 
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