Dr. Ruth Okediji, William L. Prosser Professor of Law, University of Minnesota, will provide the keynote lecture on 'protecting your intellectual property'.
Dr. Okediji is an internationally recognized legal scholar in the field of intellectual property rights. Her scholarship focuses on issues of innovation policy, economic development, and global knowledge governance in the context of international institutions and public international law. Professor Okediji has been acknowledged nationally and internationally for her research and professional service and is regularly cited for her work on IP-related issues in developing and least-developed countries. Furthermore, she has served as a policy advisor on the impact of IP protection on development goals for many governments and inter-governmental organizations. Dr. Okediji has also served as a consultant for the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development, the U.N. Development Program, and the World Intellectual Property Organization and has directed research and technical assistance projects in Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, and the Caribbean.
A graduate of the University of Jos (LL.B.) and Harvard Law School (LL.M., S.J.D.), Professor Okediji is licensed to practice law in New York and Minnesota.