Does More Intellectual Property Help or Hurt Global Health, Creativity, and Development?

September 23, 2018

WASHINGTON (Sept. 24, 2018) -- Today’s global intellectual property regime—a tangle of interlocking national, regional and global agreements—treats expanding exclusive ownership of technologies and literary and artistic works as vital to advancing creativity, economic development and medicines for today’s health needs. But does this system help or hurt global health, creativity and development?

On Thursday evening, Sept. 27, thought leaders and policy advocates from across the ideological spectrum debate this question, including in the context of the Trump Administration’s global trade policies. The event opens the 5th Global Congress on Intellectual Property and the Public Interest.


Big Debate: Does More Intellectual Property Help or Hurt Global Health, Creativity, and Development?


Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018; 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. ET


Georgetown University Law Center
Hart Auditorium
600 New Jersey Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC


Patrick Kilbride
Vice President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Joseph Damond
Executive Vice President, Biotechnology Innovation Organization

Dr. Gaelle Krikorian
Head of Policy, Access Campaign, MSF/Doctors Without Borders

Ruth Okediji
Jeremiah Smith Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

Introduction by
Paul Ohm
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Georgetown University Law Center


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This event will be live streamed.

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University Law Center is the premier center for health law, scholarship, and policy. Its mission is to contribute to a more powerful and deeper understanding of the multiple ways in which law can be used to improve the public’s health, using objective evidence as a measure. The O’Neill Institute seeks to advance scholarship, science, research, and teaching that will encourage key decision-makers in the public, private, and civil society to employ the law as a positive tool for enabling more people in the United States and throughout the world to lead healthier lives.