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Sterne Kessler Introduces IP and Human Rights Pro Bono Practice

  • 03.21.12
  • Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.

We are pleased to announce the formal launch of our Intellectual Property and Human Rights Pro Bono Practice.  The practice is the first of its kind and is singularly focused on the interplay of intellectual property principles and human rights.  While the common understanding of human rights refers to Civil or Political Rights (e.g., freedom of speech and assembly), Sterne Kessler's pro bono efforts focus on protecting, transferring and enforcing intellectual property rights as an example of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCRs).

As an example of protecting ESCRs, Sterne Kessler sees potential in areas such as:
 

  • Improving fair access to patented technological developments in impoverished areas of the world;
  • Patenting and leveraging indigenous knowledge, such as in the use of medicinal plants; and
  • Using other IP rights, such as trademarks or licenses, to assist disenfranchised groups.

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