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New Approaches to Intellectual Property, New York, 2005

June 13, 2005

Columbia University   New York, New York, United States

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There is increasing concern about the formulation of intellectual property regimes that best serve the public, especially in developing countries. Defenders of stronger intellectual property rights for industries such as pharmaceuticals and software, contend that all will benefit, yet many others believe stronger property rights will stifle efforts to bridge the technology gap or fight infectious disease in developing countries.

Recognizing that these issues are of vital concern to the entire world, the TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue and the Initiative for Policy Dialogue jointly held a two-day meeting on June 13 and 14, 2005, at Columbia University to marshal historical, theoretical, and political analysis on these matters.

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There is increasing concern about the formulation of intellectual property regimes that best serve the public, including those implemented in developing countries. The issue was placed firmly on the agenda at the General Assembly Meeting of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva the past fall under the initiative of Argentina, Brazil and many other developing countries. The call was renewed at the Seoul ministerial meeting of the least developed countries the following month, and has now been reinforced by a recent paper from a group of 14 developing countries (the Friends of Development), calling for a global framework that promotes development and 'access to knowledge for all.'

Concerns about access to knowledge and life saving drugs and enhanced disparities between the developed and developing countries lie behind these calls. Yet defenders of existing movements towards stronger intellectual property rights contend that all will benefit. The issue is of vital concern to the entire world, and it is important to marshal what history, theory, evidence, and solid policy analysis as opposed to special interest posturing has to say.

To consider these matters, the TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue, which has a secretariat in London and the Initiative for Policy Dialogue jointly held a two-day meeting on June 13 and 14, 2005, at Columbia University.

  • Diana Barrowclough
    Task Force Member
    Senior Economist
    Office of the Secretary General
    UNCTAD
  • Yochai Benkler
    Task Force Member
    Professor of Law
    Yale Law School
  • Leonardo Burlamaqui
    Task Force Member
    Professor
    State University of Rio de Janeiro
  • Ana Celia Castro
    Task Force Member
    Professor
    Universidad Federal Rio de Janeiro
  • Andrew Charlton
    Task Force Member
    Research Fellow
    London School of Economics
  • Sudip Chaudhuri
    Task Force Member
    Professor
    Indian Institute of Management Calcutta
  • Mario Cimoli
    Task Force Chair
    Professor of Economics
    Ca' Foscari University of Venice
  • Carlos Correa
    Task Force Member
    Professor
    CEIDIE-University of Buenos Aires
  • David Kennedy
    Task Force Member
    Professor
    Harvard Law School
  • James Love
    Task Force Member
    Director
    Knowledge Ecology International
  • Sisule Musungu
    Task Force Member
    Team Leader, Programme on International Trade & Development
    South Centre
  • Akbar Noman
    Task Force Member
    Senior Policy Fellow
    Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD)
  • Luigi Orsenigo
    Task Force Member
    Professor, Knowledge, Internationalization and Technology Studies
    Bocconi University
  • Jerome Reichman
    Task Force Chair
    Bunyan S. Womble Professor of Law
    Duke Law School
  • Pedro Roffe
    Task Force Member
    Director
    ICTSD Project on Intellectual Property and Sustainable Development
  • Joseph Stiglitz
    Task Force Member
    Co-President
    Initiative for Policy Dialogue (IPD)
  • Luis Villarroel
    Task Force Member
    Copyright Legal Adviser
    Ministry of Education of Chile
  • Harald Alvestrand
    Task Force Member
    Chairman
    Internet Engineering Task Force
  • Josefina Aquino
    Task Force Member
    Counsellor
    Dominican Republic Mission
    Geneva
  • Jorge Avila
    Task Force Member
    President
    Instituto Nacional de Propriedade Industrial
  • Jack Balkin
    Task Force Member
    Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment
    Yale Law School
  • Michael Behan
    Task Force Member
    Senior Policy Advisor
    U.S. Representative Bernard Sanders
  • Marie de Cenival
    Task Force Member
    Ethique dans la recherche
    Sidaction
  • Michelle Childs
    Task Force Member
    Head of European Affairs
    Consumer Project on Technology
  • Michael Conroy
    Task Force Member
    Program Officer
    Democratic Practice (Global)
    Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • Michael Daignault
    Task Force Member
    Associate
    Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines
    Doctors Without Borders/ Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF)
  • Eleonore Dailly
    Task Force Member
    Consumer Project on Technology
  • Klaske de Jonge
    Task Force Member
    Director
    Consumentenbond
  • Nicoletta Dentico
    Task Force Member
    President
    Global Health Watch
  • Rochelle Dreyfuss
    Task Force Member
    Professor of Law
    New York University Law School
  • Phil Evans
    Task Force Member
    Principal Policy Adviser
    Which?
  • Terry Fisher
    Task Force Member
    Professor of Law
    Harvard Law School
  • Vera Franz
    Task Force Member
    Program Officer
    Information Program
    Open Society Institute
  • Marta Gabrieloni
    Task Force Member
    Counsellor
    Permanent Mission of Argentina
    Geneva
  • Thomas Gebauer
    Task Force Member
    General Director
    Medico International
  • Christoph Goldmann
    Task Force Member
    Campaign Coordinator
    Medico International
  • Bjorn Gillsater
    Task Force Member
    Senior Expert
    Global Public Goods Task Force
  • Jean Halloran
    Task Force Member
    Director
    Food Policy Initiatives
    Consumers Union
  • Roumeen Islam
    Task Force Member
    Manager
    Poverty Reduction and Economic Management
    World Bank Institute
  • Amy Kapczynski
    Task Force Member
    Visiting Professor of Law
    Yale AIDS Coalition
    Yale Law School
  • Rhoda Karpatkin
    Task Force Member
    President Emeritus
    US Consumers Union
  • Eddan Katz
    Task Force Member
    Executive Director
    Information Society Project
  • Cornelia Kutterer
    Task Force Member
    Senior Legal Advisor
    BEUC (Bureau Europeen des Unions de Consommateurs)
  • Ronaldo Lemos da Silva
    Task Force Member
    Professor
    University of Sao Paolo
  • Ed Mierzsinski
    Task Force Member
    Director
    Consumer Program
    US Public Interest Research Group
  • Eben Moglen
    Task Force Member
    Professor of Law & Legal History
    Columbia Law School
  • Barry Nalebuff
    Task Force Member
    Professor
    Yale School of Management
  • Michael Palmedo
    Task Force Member
    Consumer Project on Technology
  • Guilherme de Aguiar Patriota
    Task Force Member
    Brazilian Ambassador to the United Nations
    Brazilian Mission to the UN
  • Cristina Possas
    Task Force Member
    Head of Unity of Research and Technological Development
    National STD-AIDS Program
    Ministry of Health
  • Claudio Prado
    Task Force Member
    Ministry of Culture
    Brazil
  • Sanya Reid Smith
    Task Force Member
    Third World Network (TWN)
  • Manon Ress
    Task Force Member
    Research Associate
    Consumer Project on Technology
  • Will Rodger
    Task Force Member
    Director
    Public Policy
    Computer and Communications Industry Association
  • Rodrigo Salinas
    Task Force Member
    Ministry of Health
    Chile
  • Joan Shigekawa
    Task Force Member
    Rockefeller Foundation
  • Kenneth Sokoloff
    Task Force Member
    Professor
    UCLA
  • Joy Spencer
    Task Force Member
    Consumer Project on Technology
  • Jacques St Amant
    Task Force Member
    Analyst
    Option consommateurs
  • David Tannenbaum
    Task Force Member
    Coordinatior
    Union for the Public Domain
  • Ellen T'Hoen
    Task Force Member
    Coordinator
    Globalisation Project of the Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines
  • Ben Wallis
    Task Force Member
    Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue Coordinator
    Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue