Annual Intellectual Property Lecture Series

Illegal Designs? Enhancing Cultural and Genetic Resource Protection Through Design Law

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MARGO A. BAGLEY is an Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law. Bagley served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on University Management of Intellectual Property: Lessons from a Generation of Experience, Research, and Dialogue. She is also an expert technical advisor to the Government of Mozambique in several World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) matters and is the Lead Facilitator and Friend of the Chair in the WIPO Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property, Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge, and Folklore. Bagley has served as a consultant to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization Secretariat for the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, and as a US Department of Commerce CLDP advisor. In addition, she is a member of the Convention on Biological Diversity’s (CBD) Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Digital Sequence Information on Genetic Resources for the CBD and Nagoya Protocol. Her scholarship focuses on comparative issues relating to patents and biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and access to medicines, and technology transfer.

Bagley has published numerous articles and book chapters, as well as two books with co-authors: Bagley, Okediji and Erstling, International Patent Law & Policy (West Publishing 2013) and Patent Law in Global Perspective (Okediji and Bagley eds., Oxford University Press 2014). She also recently authored a report on DigitalDNA: Synthetic Biology, Intellectual Property Treaties, and the NagoyaProtocol, commissioned by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.A chemical engineer with a BS ChE degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bagley worked in industry (with the Procter & Gamble Company and theCoca Cola Company) for several years before attending law school, and is a co-inventor on a patent for reduced fat peanut butter. Her courses include US and International & Comparative Patent Law, Trademark Law, and Intellectual Property.

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