September 2004: TACD’s Future of WIPO Conference

The TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) Conference: The Future of WIPO

September 13-14, 2004
CICG, Geneva

(Registration Information given below)

Monday, September 13, 2004


  • Jim Murray — TACD / BEUC
  • US TACD Rep. TBA

Panel 1 — What is the WIPO Mission?

Chair, Benedicte Federspiel, FBR
Panel Members

  • Mr. Philippe PETIT , WIPO, invited
  • Rogier Wezenbeek, European Union
  • Larry Lessig, Stanford
  • Sisule Musungu, South Centre
  • Sir John Sulston, the Sanger Institution

Panel 2 — WIPO and the Information Society I

Chair: Manon Ress, CPTech
Panel Members

  • Richard Owens, WIPO
  • Jukka Liedes, Ministry of Education and Culture, Finland
  • Volker Grassmuck, Humbold University Berlin,
  • Michael Keplinger, USPTO
  • Yochai Benkler, Yale

Panel 3 — WIPO and Medical technologies

Chair, Sarah Lenz Lock, AARP
Panel Members

  • Antony Taubman, WIPO
  • Ellen ‘t Hoen, MSF
  • Tim Hubbard, Sanger Institution
  • Eric Noehrenberg, IFPMA
  • Sir John Sulston, the Sanger Institution
  • William W. Fisher III, Harvard

Panel 4 — WIPO and the Arts — Relationships between artists, owners of works, the public

Chair: Machiel van der Velde Consumentenbond
Panel Members

  • Publisher TBA
  • Nick Ashton-Hart, International Music Managers Association
  • Cory Doctorow, EFF
  • James Boyle, Duke University
  • Yochai Benkler, Yale

Panel 5 — WIPO and Technical Assistance

Chairman: Anna Fielder, Consumers International
Panel Members

  • Denis Croze WIPO
  • Anthony So, Duke University
  • Martin Khor, Third World Network
  • David Vivas, ICTSD
  • Jerome Reichman, Duke

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Panel 6 — The role of WIPO in the area of patents

Chair: Mark Silbergeld, Consumer Federation of America
Panel Members

  • Philippe Baechtold, WIPO
  • Richard Stallman, Free Software Foundation
  • Philippe Aigrain, Sopinspace, Society for Public Information Spaces
  • Brian Kahin, University of Michigan
  • D.G. Shah, Indian Pharmaceutical Alliance

Panel 7 — WIPO and the Information Society II

Chair: Ed Mierzwinski, PIRG
Panel Members

  • Shira Perlmutter, Time-Warner
  • Sarah Deutsch, Verizon
  • Dr. Sothi Rachagan, Consumers International
  • James Boyle, Duke University
  • Publisher rep. TBA
  • Richard Owens, WIPO, respondent

Panel 8 — WIPO’s and Access to Generic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Folklore

Chair: Michelle Childs, Consumers International

Panel Members:

  • Tony Taubman, WIPO
  • Chee Yoke Ling, Third World Network
  • Richard Stallman, Free Software Foundation
  • Maria Julia Oliva, CIEL

Panel 9 — What should the new WIPO mission be?

Chair: TBA, Consumers International

  • Geoffrey Yu, WIPO (invited)
  • James Love, CPTech
  • Preeti Saran, India – Representative to WIPO
  • Darius Cuplinskas, OSI
  • Martin Khor, Third World Network
  • Benedicte Federspiel, FBR

To register for this event (no fee), contact:

Ben Wallis
Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue Coordinator
Consumers International
24 Highbury Crescent
London N5 1RX
Tel: +44 20 7226 6663 Ext. 218

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