IIPSJ has a growing international presence. IIPSJ is an official NGO Affiliate of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and has issued position statements on ACTA and participated in other international IP matters. IIPSJ is following the ACTA initiative closely (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement) as well as other international IP-related trade initiatives including the Trans-Pacific Partners (TPP) developments and has participated in programs and discussions concerning the social justice impacts of aspects of them.
IIPSJ has a foreign scholar program. Its first participant was IIPSJ Foreign Scholar in Residence Takayuki Kaneda. Mr. Kaneda is a Patent Examiner in the Fourth Patent Examination Department, Video System Division, Japan Patent Office. While in residence at IIPSJ he studied the operations of the USPTO.
Other international programs are in planning stages. IIPSJ has done some preliminary work in the Caribbean and South Africa. Further development of these programs and other possibilities are being explored.
In 2004, IIPSJ participated in a continuing legal education endeavor conducted at the Norman Manley Law School, as part of a broader effort to establish an academic and professional exchange relationship between the University of the West Indies and the Howard University School of Law. The success of that program has prompted IIPSJ to undertake the development of an ongoing collaboration intended to provide continuing legal education in the field of intellectual property practice.
Initially, American and Caribbean practitioners would develop and present intellectual property CLE seminars at UWI’s various campuses, and in later stages of the program, UWI legal scholars and other Caribbean attorneys would present seminars and lectures at HUSL and at the various American professional associations, corporations, and law firms which sponsor IIPSJ's professional programs and scholarly projects.
IIPSJ has also supported artistic initiatives by Caribbeans living in the D.C. area.
The IIPSJ Fellow in Residence for 2010, Shiveta Sooknanan, will be working to develop the IIPSJ Caribbean Program in the coming year.
In cooperation with the HUSL South African Overseas Study Program, both IIPSJ DIrector Lateef Mtima and IIPSJ Associate Director Steven Jamar have taught international IP transactions at the University of the Western Cape in Capetown, South Africa. IIPSJ hopes to develop this relationship further in coming years.
International Legal Developments
As part of its Social Justice Impact Advocacy Program, IIPSJ is concerned about and participates in assessments of and critiques of developments in international IP law and enforcement. At present IIPSJ is following developments in ACTA, the multi-lateral Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, being negotiated and has participated in discussions and critiques of it.