Opening Remarks at the Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest
American University Washington College of Law, August 26, 2011

Professor Peter Jaszi 

Faculty Director
Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Clinic, American University Washington College of Law


Professor Peter Jaszi notes that the protection of all forms of intellectual property have strengthened over the past 25 years, as the international IP framework has merged with the global trade framework. Penalties for infringement have increased, and there is a greater emphasis on the criminalization of IP violations. However, a powerful, diverse counter-movement focused on IP and the public interest has developed over the same period of time. The broad task of the Global Congress is to explore ways to build up this counter-movement. Professor Jaszi urges pubic interest advocates to consider the rhetorical framing used when discussing IP policy. Though the movement is diverse, he believes it could benefit from more cohesive messaging in the international policy debate.