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Professor Sabrina Safrin to Discuss Trends in Intellectual Property Rights in April 8 David Stoffer Lecture

March 18, 2010 – 
Sabrina Safrin, Professor of Law and Arthur L. Dickson Scholar at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, will deliver the 2010 David J. Stoffer Lecture on Thursday, April 8, 2010, at 6 pm in the Baker Trial Courtroom. Her topic is “New Frontiers in Intellectual Property – Chain Reaction: How Property Begets Property.”

“We live in a time of dramatic challenge to notions of intellectual property,” observes Professor Safrin. She points as one example to the recent decision by the World Intellectual Property Organization to support the legal protection of folklore, traditional knowledge such as folk remedies, and unimproved genetic material – knowledge that historically was considered part of the public domain. In her Stoffer Lecture, she will explain the “chain reaction” in which the creation of intellectual and other property rights for some engenders the demand for related property rights by others, “sometimes with little regard for the value of the resource in question, efficiency concerns or the public good.”

Professor Safrin earned her J.D. from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley. She clerked for Chief Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and was an associate at the San Francisco law firm of Hanson & Bridgett. She spent eight years as an attorney-adviser at the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State where, among other responsibilities, she helped negotiate treaties and international instruments pertaining to biotechnology, biological diversity, and marine pollution.

Prior to joining Rutgers in 2002, Professor Safrin was an Open Society Institute Fellow and a visiting scholar at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, DC. Her scholarship includes “Hyperownership in a Time of Biotechnological Promise: The International Conflict to Control the Building Blocks of Life” which was awarded the 2005 Francis Deak Prize by the American Society of International Law.

The lecture is free and open to the public. CLE credit will be offered. Reservations are required at law.newark.rutgers.edu/stoffer.


What: 2010 David J. Stoffer Lecture 
Who: Professor Sabrina Safrin, Rutgers School of Law–Newark, on “New Frontiers in Intellectual Property – Chain Reaction: How Property Begets Property” 
When: 6 pm, Thursday, April 8, 2010
Where: Baker Trial Courtroom, Rutgers School of Law–Newark 

Background: David Stoffer (1899-1960) taught for many years at Rutgers School of Law–Newark and one of its predecessor schools, Mercer Beasley Law School. The David J. Stoffer Memorial Fund, established in 1961 by his widow, Ruth, supports lectures and other activities that are designed to enrich the intellectual life of Rutgers Law School and the legal community.