IIPI, together with the USPTO and with the support of The George Washington University Law School and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, will be holding an international conference on Specialized Intellectual Property Courts.

The conference, to be held on September 12-13, 2002 in Washington D.C., will deal with judicial capacity regarding IP enforcement and dispute settlement in a number of developed and developing countries. The conference will highlight the effects of specialized IP courts or tribunals in:

· Promoting civil society,

· Strengthening democracy and the rule of law,

· Improving the judicial system; and

· Encouraging economic development and FDI in developing countries.

Conference Highlights

Ø Judicial Capacity regarding the enforcement of Intellectual Property disputes – what we know about Specialized IP courts in the world today

Ø Case Studies on specialized IP courts and their effect on the improvement of IP litigation
Ø Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in IP matters

Ø Specialized IP Courts in a Federal System

Ø Training and Reforming IP Judicial Capacity– Experiences, Perspectives and Future Possibilities

Who should attend?

Participants from around the world will share their experience in IP enforcement and dispute settlement, allowing for an exchange of ideas, with developing country participants hearing from representatives of countries that have an established IP court system. In this way it is hoped, participants will find resonance with the models used in some countries (either those that have an IP court or those that have merely a framework) for use in their own countries.

The conference will provide an unparalleled opportunity for judges, practitioners and policymakers to discuss issues of pertinence to the improvement of IP dispute resolution from a national perspective as well as in matters involving foreign companies. The conference will provide an excellent forum for discussion between experts in their fields from a range of economies – post-industrial, developing and non-market transitioning.