Secretary General of INTERPOL, Ron Noble Gave Keynote At UNH Law Conference Feb. 19
UNH Alum Ronald K. Noble Among Experts Featured at Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals Symposium
The University of New Hampshire School of Law hosted an interdisciplinary symposium Feb. 19 and 20 focusing on the worldwide problem of counterfeit pharmaceuticals. INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K. Noble, a 1979 graduate of UNH, delivered the keynote speech, on the International Criminal Police Organization’s efforts to combat the problem.
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The conference is the brainchild of third-year law student Katherine Hedges, who serves as editor in chief of the UNH Law publication IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review. Hedges and other student members of the publication worked with UNH Law’s Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property to organize the event.
“We are hosting this symposium to explore the role of intellectual property law in combating the global issue of counterfeit pharmaceuticals, with a focus on how IP law intersects with other disciplines in order to address this problem,” Hedges said. “The symposium is a great opportunity for students to see how they can use their legal careers to collaborate with professionals in a variety of disciplines to solve problems.”
Secretary General Noble’s Feb. 19 keynote address will be followed by a daylong conference on the 20th. The first session, on public health perspectives, will feature Robert S. Woodward, the Forrest D. McKerley Professor of Health Economics at UNH.
The second session, focusing on industry approaches, will feature Brian Donnelly, Pfizer’s director of global security for the Americas region; William S. Reid, the senior director of global anti-counterfeiting operations at Eli Lilly & Co.; and David S. Howard, industry fellow at Michigan State University’s Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection and a former global director of product protection for Johnson & Johnson.
The final session, on legal issues, will feature Robert C. Bird, associate professor of marketing at the University of Connecticut, and Naresh Kilaru, of counsel to Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP.
“Counterfeit pharmaceuticals present a very real danger to public health that threatens not only corporations and intellectual property rights holders, but individuals everywhere,” said Professor Alexandra Roberts, the director of UNH Law’s Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property. “We are honored to partner with the student editors of IDEA to welcome INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald Noble and our other extremely accomplished and knowledgeable panelists to host a conversation on this crucial topic.”
The symposium is sponsored by Johnson & Johnson and UNH Law’s Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property. Both events are free and open to the public. The keynote address will take place in UNH Law’s Room 282, and the symposium will be held in Room 103.