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CPATH, EFF, Public Interest Organizations Address Closed Door TPP Negotiations

On January 30 at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CPATH and colleagues addressed trade negotiators and the public at a forum organized by American University’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property and Knowledge Ecology International.  The distinguished panel discussed public interest concerns with the closed door negotiation of the intellectual property chapter in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

The webcast for the event is now available at


In the context of increasing public scrutiny of the public interest implications of intellectual property laws raised by the recent derailing of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), U.S. and international negotiators met in Los Angeles behind closed doors to craft new international intellectual property enforcement rules through the proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement. Some of the proposals for the agreement have leaked to the public, leading to concerns that the agreement could threaten Internet freedoms, business innovation, the free flow of generic medicines, cost containment in medicaid and other medicine reimbursement programs, tobacco controls, and other important public interests. There was no official announcement about the planned meeting. Public interest advocacy organizations determined that intellectual property negotiations would be held January 31-Feb 4th at a hotel in West Hollywood. The day before the negotiation, representatives of public interest organizations and regulated businesses gathered at USC to explain their substantive concerns with previously leaked negotiating documents and their process concerns with holding such negotiations in secret. The presentations follow.

9:30am – Introduction

  • Sean Flynn, Associate Director, Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, American University Washington College of Law

9:40-10:20am – Copyright and the Internet

10:25-10:55am – Access to Medicines, Tobacco Controls, and Development

11:00-11:30 – Q&A

  • Moderator, Jack Lerner, Clinical Associate Professor of Law and Director of the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic
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