Join us at our first Urban Speaks Lecture Series event of 2017!
We are excited to announce that Dr. Ruth Okediji, William L. Prosser Professor of Law, University of Minnesota, will provide the keynote lecture on 'protecting your intellectual property'.
Dr. Okediji is recognized worldwide as one of the foremost experts on international IP law and international economic regulation. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Dr. Okediji was the Edith Gaylord Presidential Professor of Law at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, and she served on the Oklahoma Public Employee Relations Board at the appointment of Gov. Frank Keating. She has been a visiting professor at Duke University School of Law, the University of Haifa Law School, the University of St. Thomas School of Law, and the University of Tilburg Law School and has held visiting research positions at Harvard Law School and the Max Planck Institute for International and Comparative Patent, Copyright, Trademark and Unfair Competition Law in Munich, Germany.
Her scholarship focuses on issues of innovation policy, economic development, and global knowledge governance in the context of international institutions and public international law. Professor Okediji has been acknowledged nationally and internationally for her research and professional service and is regularly cited for her work on IP-related issues in developing and least-developed countries. She has served as a policy advisor on the impact of IP protection on development goals for many governments and inter-governmental organizations. She also has been a consultant for the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development, the U.N. Development Program, and the World Intellectual Property Organization and has directed research and technical assistance projects in Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Caribbean.
Professor Okediji is licensed to practice law in New York and Minnesota.
Lunch will be provided by Taste of Fine Dining Caterer. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
About Urban Speaks
The Akron Urban League's Urban Speaks Lecture Series is a quarterly event designed to foster dialogue and critical thinking on topics related to legal, civil rights and criminal justice issues.