Group Visits US to Learn About IP Law

The International Intellectual Property Institute hosted a morning discussion with a delegation of international visitors looking to learn more about United States intellectual property law and policy. The delegation’s three week tour of the United States was sponsored by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and was organized by the Delphi International Program for World Learning. The delegation consisted of 13 individuals from 11 different countries including India, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, Syria, Turkey, and Uruguay. Delegation members included judges, customs officials and educators.

IIPI Chairman Bruce Lehman led an hour-long discussion on the key elements in the development of United States intellectual property law. Highlights included the philosophical foundations of intellectual property protections, the changes to US intellectual property law brought about by technological developments and the creation of institutions like the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Lehman’s discussion was followed by a question and answer session led by IIPI Executive Director Eric Garduño. This interactive session gave the delegation an opportunity to express their objectives in the trip which included such things as learning how to improve intellectual property enforcement and protecting traditional knowledge.

IIPI regularly hosts delegations such as this, taking such opportunities to further broaden the organization’s contacts in developing countries. For more information regarding this event, please contact Eric Garduño at