Trade Talk on WTO’s TRIPS Agreement at 20—and Looking Ahead

  • December 2, 2015
    12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Timothy Trainer

The Association of Women in International Trade and
The Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT)

invite you to a discussion with

Timothy Trainer
Principal, Global Intellectual Property Strategy Center

Twenty years ago, the WTO’s TRIPS (trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights) Agreement came into effect, prompting innumerable changes in national legislation.  The resulting increase in IP enforcement activity over the past two decades raises some fundamental questions:  Why was intellectual property viewed by some governments as essential to the Uruguay Round?  Have IP enforcement concerns and the need for legislative changes overshadowed what IP is really about?  Is there a similar dedication of resources to addressing how IP can benefit enterprises and how IP can potentially contribute to economic growth and development?

Join WIIT for an exclusive presentation by Timothy Trainer of the Global Intellectual Property Strategy Center, who will discuss these issues in an exciting retrospective on the TRIPS Agreement on the eve of its 20th anniversary.  This event is also being offered by webinar — please go to for more details!

Attendees are invited to bring their own lunch to this brown bag event.

Date & Time:
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
11:45 AM: Registration
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM: Discussion

The discussion will begin promptly at 12:00 PM.

In-Person Location:
Amgen, Inc.
601 13th Street NW, Suite 1200
Washington, DC 20004
Metro: Metro Center (Red, Orange/Blue/Silver)

In-Person Pricing:
WIIT & OWIT Members: free
Non-Members: $25

Webinar Pricing*:
WIIT & OWIT Members: $25
Non-Members: $40

*Registration and payment to attend the webinar must be completed through OWIT’s website.

Event fees are due at the time of registration, and are non-refundable. Registration to attend in person closes at noon on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.

Timothy Trainer is the Principal at Global IP Strategy Center, P.C., and is also the Principal at Galaxy Systems, Inc., where he offers an online interactive IP tutorial that has been licensed by U.S. Government agencies.  Mr. Trainer’s IP experience began at the US Customs Service (’88-’93) as one of the three original members of the IPR Branch.  He has also worked at the USPTO’s Office of Legislative and International Affairs (’96-’99).  In the private sector, he was an associate at a DC firm (’93-’96) and president of the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC) (’99-’05).  He has testified before several congressional committees, co-chaired the UN Economic Commission for Europe’s IP Group and participated as a member of Interpol’s IP Crime Action Group.  For several years, he was an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law (’05-’12) and serves currently on John Marshall Law School’s IP Advisory Committee.  For the past ten years he has coauthored “Customs Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights” and in May 2015 the book “Potato Chips to Computer Chips: The War on Fake Stuff (Shortchanging IPR’s Benefits to Economic Growth and Development?)” was published.  Thomson Reuters published both titles.


601 13th Street NW, Suite 1200, Washington, D.C., 20005


Metro: Metro Center (Red, Orange/Blue/Silver)
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