The entertainment industry wants to block distribution of movies and music on the Internet. Drug makers are trying to prevent shipment of generic AIDS medicine to Africa. A variety of companies have tried to bar Google from using their trademarks in advertising algorithms. In national courts and legislatures, these holders of intellectual property rights almost always lose — witness the recent defeat in the U.S. of online piracy legislation. They then go to international forums and win agreements to do their bidding — only to find that implementation of these accords gets blocked at the national level. Why do negotiations in these different settings produce such different results? On April 11, a group of expert panelists gathered to discuss the complex mix of factors driving this, and to consider whether there’s any way to bridge the divide.
Margaret Chon, Donald and Lynda Horowitz Professor for the Pursuit of Justice, Seattle University School of Law; Senior Emile Noël Fellow, NYU School of Law
Susy Frankel, Professor of Law, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand
Shira Perlmutter, Acting Administrator for Policy and External Affairs, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Rochelle Dreyfuss, Pauline Newman Professor of Law, NYU School of Law