William L. Prosser Professor of Law
University of Minnesota Law School
Ruth L. Okediji is the William L. Prosser professor of law at the University of Minnesota Law School, where she teaches contracts, copyright, trademarks and global aspects of intellectual property law. She is an expert on international intellectual property law with a special emphasis on developing countries, technology transfer and the role of intellectual property in the production and dissemination of public goods.
Professor Okediji's leading scholarship has focused primarily on international intellectual property issues with an emphasis on the geopolitical relations between developed and developing countries in the areas of multilateral trade regulation and intellectual property policy. She has written, lectured and published extensively in the area of intellectual property harmonization and its impact on issues that affect economic development prospects. She has served as a consultant to a number of international organizations. In addition to many articles, book chapters and commissioned monographs, Professor Okediji is the author of Global Perspectives on Patent Law (with Margo Bagley, Oxford University Press, 2012), International Patent Law and Policy (with Margo Bagley, Aspen 2012) and Copyright in a Global Information Economy (with Julie Cohen, Maureen O’Rourke and Lydia Loren, Aspen, Third Edition, 2010).
For her fellowship, Okediji plans to 1) develop a graduate-level multidisciplinary seminar that addresses the role of intellectual property rights in the creation, dissemination and absorption of climate change technologies; 2) host a multidisciplinary roundtable event exploring current initiatives to develop market-based reforms to encourage compliance with environmental standards at regional, national and international levels; and 3) conduct a research project that analyzes the effectiveness of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Green Technology Pilot Program.
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