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Fordham Law School’s 17th Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law & Policy

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

New York, NY -- Fordham Law School’s Intellectual Property Law Institute has announced that for the first time, its Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law & Policy, the world’s leading intellectual property law forum, will be held outside of New York City. The 17th annual conference will be held at Cambridge University, U.K., on April 15 and 16, 2009. It will feature a faculty of approximately 130 speakers. Information and registration details are available at

Since its inception in 1993, the conference has attracted leading judges, government officials, practicing attorneys and academics from around the world. The conference focuses on the importance of intellectual property law in individual countries as well as regionally and globally. Over the years, people have become increasingly interested in the substance and effect of this area of law. "Holding the event in the U.K. opens it to a wider audience that can benefit from discussing IP issues in the conference’s distinctive, freewheeling environment," noted Professor Hugh Hansen, Director of the Fordham Intellectual Property Law Institute and the conference’s founder.

Last year, the conference drew over 400 attendees from over 30 countries. In addition to an exceptional array of global IP leaders, the general counsel of Microsoft, Viacom, Time Warner, NBC Universal and News Corp. spoke last year and are expected to speak again this year.

The conference in the UK this April will analyze developments in copyrights, patents, trademarks, and competition law in the European Union, Asia and the United States. It will also examine developments in multilateral institutions such as the World Intellectual Property Organization and World Trade Organization.

"This conference builds on two of Fordham Law’s strengths, international law and intellectual property law," said Fordham Law School’s Dean William Treanor. "Hugh Hansen’s leadership has brought the conference to the forefront of its field, and it is exciting to watch it assume an even greater stature."

Title: Fordham Law School’s 17th Annual Conference on Intellectual Property Law & Policy

  • Location: Cambridge, UK
  • Date: April 15 and 16, 2009
  • Cost: $1,950; $590 for government and academic employees; $190 for students
  • CLE credit: 14 non-transitional, professional practice
  • Host: Fordham Law School Intellectual Property Institute

Information and registration details are available at

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