The International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI), in partnership with the Washington International Trade Association (WITA), is pleased to announce the successful completion a four-part panel discussion series, “Where Intellectual Property and International Trade Collide.” This panel discussion series explored the importance of intellectual property to international trade and economic competitiveness by examining various contemporary trade issues specifically involving intellectual property and the United States.

Panel I Speakers (L to R): C. Farley,
M. Ryan, B. Lehman, & R. Rader.
The first panel discussion in the series, held on Wednesday, January 31, 2001, served as an introduction to intellectual property and an overview of its relationship to international trade. Speakers for the first panel included the Honorable Randall Rader, Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Mr. Bruce Lehman, former Commissioner of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Dr. Michael Ryan of Georgetown University Business School and Professor Christine Farley of American University.

Panel II Speakers (L to R): A. Subramanian,
J. Kushan, S. Sanders, J. Papovich (Speaking),
P. Salmon, & W. Park.
The second panel discussion was held on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 and dealt with international institutions concerned with intellectual property as well as developing country perspectives of the work of these institutions. Participants included Mr. Joe Papovich, Assistant USTR for Services, Investments and Intellectual Property, Dr. Arvind Subramarian, of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Mr. Jeffrey Kushan, a partner at Powell, Goldstein, Frazier & Murphy, Mr. Paul Salmon of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Dr. Walter Park of American University.

The third panel discussion, held on February 28, focused on United States-China IP trade disputes and the future of intellectual property protections after China’s accession to the WTO. Speakers included Mr. Michael Schlesinger of the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), Ms. Ann Weeks of the U.S.-China Business Council, and Mark Cohen of Cohen and Associates.

B. Lehman
The final panel, held on March 6, focused on parallel importation of pharmaceutical products and its impact on the cost of health care. Distinguished speakers for the discussion included Dr. Carsten Fink of the World Bank, Mr. Dustin May of Congressman Bernie Sanders’ Office, Ms. Susan Kling Finston of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA) and Mr. John Rector of the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA).