McManis to Attend WIPO Forum

 Charles McManis, the Thomas and Karole Green Professor of Law, will be serving as an observer at the World Intellectual Property Organization’s semi-annual meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property, Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore. The committee is considering proposed amendments to international, intellectual property law that would more effectively protect traditional knowledge and folklore.

The meeting will be held November 30 – December 8, 2006 in Geneva, Switzerland. McManis will be representing the International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property (ATRIP).

A member of the ATRIP Executive Board, McManis has written, taught, and lectured widely on intellectual property issues, including those related to genetic resources and traditional knowledge. Among his recent presentations was a paper on “Mass-Market Licenses and Digital Rights Management: Privatizing Access to Culture and Information?” at the ATRIP annual meeting in Parma, Italy.

While in Geneva, McManis also will participate in a WIPO National Seminar on Intellectual Property for Teachers, December 11-13. Among the members of the WIPO delegation will be Washington University School of Law alumnus, Dr. Nuno Pires de Carvalho, who is currently WIPO’s acting director of the Division of Legislation for Public Policy and Development.

Additionally, this semester, McManis is serving as a senior tutor for the “Advanced Course on Biotechnology and Intellectual Property,” an online course offered by the WIPO Worldwide Academy.