Fordham Law

Fordham Law Center on Law and Information Policy Launches Workshop Series

December 10, 2007

Fordham Law's Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP) hosted the inaugural Law and Information Society Invitational Faculty Workshop Series on November 30, 2007. 

William W. Fisher, the WilmerHale Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard, presented his work with Talha Syed on Developing Drugs for Developing Countries.

Leaders in the field including Arti Rai (Duke), John Golden (Texas), Amy Kapczynski (Berkeley),  James Love and Marcus Reidenberg, M.D. (Cornell University Medical College) joined the Fordham Law faculty to comment on Professor Fisher's work.

"The workshop series was the first of its kind that I had attended, and I thought it was a very engaging event," said Duke University Professor of Law Arti Rai. "Professor Fisher delivered a comprehensive overview of his forthcoming book and then honed in on one particularly promising idea — the possibility of stimulating research through prizes." 

Fisher spoke on alternative incentives to the current patent system. He stated that innovative drug research on neglected diseases of the third world have not been adequately addressed under the existing IP regime.

"The workshop participants, many of whom themselves had thought long and hard about this issue, asked challenging questions and provided valuable suggestions on how a prize system could be structured so as to best realize the goal of new drugs for neglected diseases," Rai said.

"CLIP's goal in convening the workshop was to provide a unique informal forum for the country's leading information law scholars to give input on a colleague's current work," said Founding Director of the Center on Law and Information Policy, and Fordham Law Professor Joel R. Reidenberg. "We seek to develop the workshops as a prime venue for scholars to test new ideas."

The Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP) was founded at Fordham Law School to contribute to the development of law and policy in the information economy. In pursuing its mission, CLIP trains the next generation of leaders for the information economy and brings together academia, the bar, the business community, technology experts, the policy community, students, and the public at large to address and assess solutions and policies on cutting-edge issues.

This presentation is the first in a CLIP series of Law & Information Society workshops that will explore major issues related to the role of law and technological developments in society. For more information on CLIP or the workshop series, contact Joel Reidenberg.