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Saturday, July 22 • 4:30pm - 5:20pm
Tim Lee, Andrew Kovalcin, Drew Johnson, Dan Mitchell; Barbara Kolm (mod) - Intellectual Property Rights Protection: Outdated or More Important than Ever? A Libertarian Perspective

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Today, technology, innovation and IP-intensive industries create and support millions of jobs, it is important to ensure the ability of innovators and creators to protect and secure the ownership of their work. Advanced societies have long understood that. However, many of us, especially younger generations who grew up during the 2000s, take properties so widely accessible on the Internet simply for granted. We tend not to think about the intellectual property rights at all. Our panel aims to focus on those intangible goods. Our panelists will discuss the pros and cons of IP-protection from a Libertarian Perspective!

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Barbara Kolm

President, Hayek Institute
Barbara Kolm holds degrees in business studies and economics and serves as CEO in private enterprises as well as NGOs. She does academic research and lectures at universities on the topics of efficiency processes, and financial and legal foundations of administrative and state institutions... Read More →

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Drew Johnson

Senior Scolar, Taxpayers Protection Alliance
Drew Johnson is a senior scholar at the Taxpayers Protection Alliance, as well as a columnist at Newsmax and a contributor to The Daily Caller and The Hill.   He also serves as the national director of Protect Internet Freedom, a grassroots nonprofit organization of 1.6 million... Read More →
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Andrew Kovalcin

Senior Director, Advocacy and External Affairs
Andrew Kovalcin is Senior Director at Advocacy and External Affairs.   Mr. Kovalcin has developed and implemented a comprehensive strategy to promote the importance of IP to jobs, the economy, and American competitiveness.   Mr. Kovalcin has extensive experience engaging third-party... Read More →
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Tim Lee

Senior Vice President, Legal and Public Affairs for the Center for Individual Freedom
Timothy H. Lee is Senior Vice-President of Legal and Public Affairs for the Center for Individual Freedom, an Alexandria, Virginia-based nonprofit organization established in 1998 to protect Constitutional rights, promote free market principles, and advance international liberty.    Prior... Read More →
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Dan Mitchell

Senior Fellow, Cato Institute
Daniel J. Mitchell is a Cato Senior Fellow who specializes in fiscal policy, tax reform, international tax competition, and the economic burden of government spending. He also serves on the editorial board of the Cayman Financial Review. Prior to joining Cato, Mitchell was a senior... Read More →

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Austrian Economic Center

The Austrian Economics Center (AEC) is a politically independent research institute committed to disseminating the ideas of the Austrian School of Economics.  The AEC’s goal is the promotion of a free, responsible and prosperous society. To achieve this goal, it engages in third... Read More →

Saturday July 22, 2017 4:30pm - 5:20pm MDT
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