U.S.Embassy – New Delhi Invites Gavin as Intellectual Property Ambassador

By: Pamela Gavin

Once again, I have been invited to speak oversees on the topic of intellectual property law. A couple of years ago, the office of the President of Kazakhstan invited me to speak the Astana Economic Forum. See: http://www.akorda.kz/en/national_projects/page_aef_1352527639 for a description of this very impressive world forum.

A few months ago, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India, invited me to participate in the “U.S. Speaker Program for India” which is designed to connect U.S. experts with Indian audiences and institutions; to promote an understanding of U.S. strategic priorities, policies, and institutions; and to discuss the political, economic, social, and cultural context from which they arise. The program is scheduled to take place through the end of 2016 and offers an opportunity for U.S. experts to travel individually to India on a professional assignment. The program will include speaking engagements, presentations to professional audiences, seminars, media appearances and interviews, and mentorships on a variety of topics. The Embassy has asked me to travel to India to speak about Intellectual Property, Piracy, and the Entertainment Industry in America — one of the key topics for the speaker program in 2016. As part of this program, I will have the opportunity to engage a diverse group of influential Indian audiences including representatives from the entertainment industry, government departments, law enforcement agencies, business and film associations, legal experts, lawmakers, students of business and law schools, and members of the recently constituted six-member think tank set up by the Indian Commerce and Industry Ministry to draft the National Intellectual Property Rights Policy. The Embassy has expressed appreciation for my “wealth of experience, sector knowledge, and ability to discuss issues including: role of the industry and government to revisit existing IPR laws and enforcement strategies that affect the entertainment industry; share U.S. experiences in countering piracy in the entertainment industry; and U.S. and India bilateral and multi-lateral collaboration to enforce stricter IP norms.”

I am thrilled to be able to contribute in a meaningful way to the development of intellectual property protections outside the U.S. and am humbled by the opportunities presented.

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