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News Posted on September 15, 2017

Associate Dean Sunder Presents at European Policy for Intellectual Property Conference

Last week Senior Associate Dean Madhavi Sunder participated in a conference of the European Policy for Intellectual Property (EPIP) in Bordeaux, France. The conference focused on new developments in access to medicines for the poor in the developing world, among other key issues relating to intellectual property and development.

Dean Sunder presented a paper she is co-authoring with Professor Anupam Chander on negotiations for a new Free Trade Agreement that would cover much of Asia, called the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The RCEP includes 16 countries, including the world’s two most populous nations, India and China, and significant IP holding countries, such as Japan and South Korea.

Since the U.S. pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) earlier this year, all eyes are now on the RCEP. Dean Sunder compared the TPP and RCEP’s intellectual property provisions, and commented on the RCEP’s potential effect on the ability of India to continue to serve as the “pharmacy to the developing world.” Currently, India is the most important provider of cheap generic medicines that save the lives of millions in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Dean Sunder and Professor Chander’s paper is forthcoming in the UC Irvine Law Review.

Madhavi Sunder is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Law at King Hall whose special interests include intellectual property, law and culture studies, women’s rights, and international intellectual property.