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Friday, September 7, 2012

ANU Conference

Subject: ANU Conference

State, Society & Governance in Melanesia Program and the Regulatory
Institutions Network are hosting a conference at The Australian National
University on:

Innovation, Creativity, Access to Knowledge and Development in Pacific
Island Countries

Many Pacific Island countries are currently considering whether to
introduce intellectual property legislation, or whether to amend existing
legislation. One of the drivers of this process are negotiations to join
multilateral Free Trade Organisations, such as the World Trade
Organisation, and to sign bilateral Trade Agreements, such as the European
Union’s Economic Partnership Agreement and the proposed PACER Plus
agreement with Australia and New Zealand. Another driver is concern that
the traditional knowledge of the country is currently not adequately
protected from the risk of exploitation by third parties.

This conference will bring together a range of speakers from throughout
the Pacific Island countries, as well as Australia, Europe and the United
States, to discuss the implications of intellectual property laws on
development in the region. Its purpose is to enable a deeper understanding
of the potential advantages and disadvantages of different models of
intellectual property protection in the context of Pacific Island
countries, to help inform the decisions that will need to be made
concerning these issues in the next few years.

Date: Monday 24 to Tuesday 25 September 2012

Venue: Seminar Room 1.04, Coombs Extension Building
[Building 8], Fellows Road, The Australian National University(parking)

Program: I could not attach it but it is available on or

or just email me and I will send it to you

Places are limited so please RSVP as soon as possible by emailing Deadline is 14 September 2012.

We would ask that you promote this conference to your networks through
forwarding this email and the conference flyer.

For more information please contact conference convenor Dr Miranda Forsyth:

T: 02 6125 1505



Dr Miranda Forsyth
Postdoctoral Fellow
The Regulatory Institutions Network
School of Regulation, Justice and Diplomacy
College of Asia and the Pacific
Australian National University

Tel: 02 6125 1505
Mob: 0429 903 094

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