Introduction to the Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest
17 Pages Posted: 6 Jan 2013
Date Written: December 5, 2012
The last weekend in August 2011, nearly 200 international intellectual property scholars and policy advocates gathered in Washington D.C. to “re-articulate the public interest dimension in intellectual property law and policy.” The meeting — christened the “inaugural Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest” — produced the Washington Declaration on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest. This introduction provides a brief overview of the genesis of the network that was assembled at the Congress and of the process used to create its Declaration.
Keywords: intellectual property, international intellectual property, public interest
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