Monday, May 05, 2008

US Dept of State will meet to discuss UNCITRAL IP Guide

UNCITRAL (the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law) is doing some work on intellectual property issues as they relate to secured transactions -- the current work product is its Draft Legislative Guide on Secured Transactions and its treatment of security rights in intellectual property (IP). IP issues are difficult enough to work through in a purely USA-USA secured transaction, and the transformation to a global context makes it even more difficult. UNCITRAL is considering whether and how these systems may be harmonized to assist in cross-border IP transactions. The draft UNCITRAL Legislative Guide on Secured Transactions and relevant information can be obtained at http://www.uncitral.org/english/commission/sessions.

The Cyberspace Committee's Working Group on International Policy, headed by Hal Burman, has been monitoring developments in this area and is currently soliciting members to add to the committee's perspective and possible commentary.

In the meantime, the U.S. Department of State Advisory Committee on Private International Law Study Group will be holding a public meeting on the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Draft Legislative Guide on Secured Transactions and its treatment of security rights in intellectual property (IP).

Time: The public meeting will take place at the Department of State, Office of Private International Law, 2430 E Street, NW., Washington, DC on Wednesday May 7, 2008 from 10 a.m. EST to 2 p.m. EST.

Public Participation: Advisory Committee Study Group meetings are open to the public, subject to the capacity of the meeting room. Access to the meeting building is controlled; persons wishing to attend should contact Tricia Smeltzer or Niesha Toms of the Department of State’s Legal Adviser’s Office at SmeltzerTK@State.gov or TomsNN@State.gov and provide your name, e-mail address and mailing address to get admission into the meeting or to get directions to the office.

Additional meeting information can also be obtained from Rachel Wallace at WallaceRA@state.gov or telephone (202)647–2324.

Persons who cannot attend but who wish to comment on any of the proposals are welcome to do so by email to Michael Dennis at DennisMJ@state.gov.

If you are unable to attend the public meeting and you would like to participate by teleconferencing, please contact Tricia Smeltzer or Maya Garrett at 202–776–8420 to receive the conference call-in number and the relevant information.