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Professor Yu speaks at Department of Commerce meeting

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Professor Peter Yu

On April 28, Professor Peter K. Yu, the Kern Family chair in intellectual property law and the founding director of the Intellectual Property Law Center at Drake University Law School, will speak at a public meeting at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

Organized by the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD), this public meeting will examine the consumer impact of the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which has been secretly negotiated between the U.S. government and governments in other countries.

Launched in September 1998, TACD is a trade advisory board to the U.S. government and the European Commission. It provides a forum for U.S. and EU consumer organizations to develop and agree on joint consumer policy recommendations to the U.S. and EU governments to promote consumer interests.

In this meeting, professor Yu will provide an analysis of the graduated response system, a proposed mechanism that threatens to suspend or terminate the service of Internet users after they have received two warnings from their Internet service providers about potentially illegal online file-sharing activities.

The full paper, which is forthcoming from the Florida Law Review, is available online.

In addition to the panel on “The Impact of ACTA on Copyrighted Goods,” for which Yu will serve as a speaker, the event includes panels on “The Impact of ACTA on Markets for Medicine and Other Patented or Trademarked Goods and Services” and “The ACTA Negotiating Process and the Future Role of ACTA as an Institution.”

Professor Yu is a leading expert in international intellectual property and communications law. A prolific scholar and an award-winning teacher, he is the author or editor of four books and more than 60 law review articles and book chapters.

He is currently the general editor of The WIPO Journal, which is published by Sweet & Maxwell in association with the World Intellectual Property Organization. He also sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and the Journal of World Intellectual Property, both peer-edited journals.

Born and raised in Hong Kong, professor Yu has spoken at events organized by U.N. organizations, national governments, and leading research institutions from around the world. His lectures and presentations have spanned more than 20 countries on six continents, and his publications have been translated into Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese.

The Drake Intellectual Property Law Center, which was established in fall 2007, offers an innovative globally oriented curriculum, providing students with a solid foundation in both the theoretical and practical aspects of intellectual property law. Since the center’s establishment, the U.S. News and World Reports has consistently ranked it among the top 25 intellectual property law programs in the United States and one of the top five programs in the Midwest.