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Espinel a Panelist in Congressional Briefing on Innovation and IP Rights Protection

Professor Victoria Espinel appeared as a panelist at a congressional briefing held at the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, January 13, 2009, on the matters of Global Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights Protection.

The discussion, sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), featured Joe Papovich, Senior Vice President, International, Recording Industry of America; Dr. Michael Ryan, Director, Creative and Innovative Economy Center at George Washington University Law School; and Espinel, who is former Assistant Trade Representative for Intellectual Property and Innovation at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. Moderator was Charles Freeman, Freeman Chair in China Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The panel addressed the role of innovation as a factor in U.S. economic health and the dynamic challenges to efforts to protect international intellectual property rights (IPR) worldwide, discussing such topics as constructing a framework to reward Americans and other innovators for their work, working with foreign governments to address IPR concerns, and how better to pre-empt IPR violations and piracy.