The IPEC: Victoria Espinel
"My job is to help coordinate the work of the federal agencies that are involved with stopping this illegal behavior. We are going to work together to develop a strategy to reduce those risks to the public, the costs to our economy and to help protect the ingenuity and creativity of Americans. We want to be able to reduce the number of infringing goods in the United States and abroad. The examples are almost endless: counterfeit car parts, illegal software, pirated video games, knockoff consumer goods, dangerous counterfeit medicines, and many other types of products – including very sophisticated technology. Our goal is to better use taxpayer dollars and other government resources to be more effective in reducing any threat to our economy and our safety".Fascinated by this, the IPKat is holding a seminar, "IP Enforcement in the UK: appraising the new American model", on Tuesday 23 November 2010, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm (doors open for registration at 5.00pm). The venue is the Central London office of leading law firm Covington & Burling -- the firm in which Ms Espinel once worked. The office is at 265 Strand (details here).
The programme is not yet complete, but the IPKat can already tell you this:
- Speakers and panellists will include Ashley Roughton (Hogarth Chambers), Dids Macdonald (ACID) and David Rosenberg (GSK). IPKat team member Jeremy Phillips will be chairing.
- The plot is as follows: a US speaker will explain the US set-up and initial responses to it. Ashley Roughton will evaluate the concept in terms of how it might be grafted into the UK. A panel of experts drawn from industry, the professions, government and political experts will give their opinions, following which there will be a general discussion and question-and-answer session. The event will conclude with some pleasant refreshments.
- CPD points have been applied for.
- Admission is free -- and you are all welcome.
If you're in two minds as to whether this event is worth attending, this article by Mark Owen (Harbottle & Lewis), replete with comments and ripostes, and this JIPLP editorial, may help you make up your mind.