PK’s Rashmi Rangnath Testifying at Special 301 Hearing Today

Today, Public Knowledge's Director of The Global Knowledge Initiative and Staff Attorney, Rashmi Rangnath is testifying before the US Trade Representative on the "Special 301" process. You can read her testimony here (PDF). There is not a webcast or official live coverage, per USTR rules that "prohibit the use of electronic media in its hearing room." So, despite this ban, we are relying on reports from the hearing room via twitter (using the #ustr hashtag), and hope to bring you more coverage as well.

If you're not familiar with the Special 301 process, the latest 5 Minutes with Harold Feld does a great job explaining what's going on. So does Rashmi's prior blog post — that encouraged so many of you to write comments to the USTR.

Lastly, we have a link to today's hearing schedule, that tells us who is testifying and who the Special 301 committee members are (PDF) ... also pasted below:


March 3, 2010 – 9:45 a.m. 

United States International Trade Commission 
500 E St. S.W. 
Washington, D.C. 20436 


9:45 – 10:00 – OPENING REMARKS 

10:00 – 10:10 – Government of Mexico 
   Salvador Behar 
   Legal Counsel for International Trade    

10:10–10:20 – Government of Costa Rica  
   Suzana Vasquez 
   Ministry of Foreign Trade 

10:20–10:30 – Government of Thailand  
   Chakarin Komolsiri and Jittima Srithaporn 
   Office of Commercial Affairs, Royal Thai Embassy 

10:30–10:40 – Biotechnology Industry Organization  
   Lila Feisee 

10:40–10:50 – National Association of Manufacturers 
   Shaun Donnelly 

10:50 – 11:00 – Public Knowledge 
   Rashmi Rangnath 

11:00 – 11:10 – International Intellectual Property Alliance  
   Eric Smith  

11:10 – 11:20 – BREAK  

11:20 – 11:30 – Doctors Without Borders  
   Emi Maclean 

11:30 – 11:40 – Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) 
   Brian Toohey 

11:40 – 11:50 – MLB Advanced Media, L.P. 
   Michael Mellis 

11:50 – 12:00 – Oxfam America  
   Rohit Malpani 

12:00 – 12:10 – Knowledge Ecology International  
   James Love 

12:10 – 12:20 – Computer & Communications Industry Association 
   Matthew Schruers  

12:30 – 1:30 – LUNCH 

1:30 – 1:40 – Maine Citizen Trade Advisory Commission 
   Sharon Treat 

1:40 – 1:50 – AIDS Access Foundation  
   Jon Ungphakorn 

1:50 – 2:00 – Forum on Democracy & Trade  
   Sean Flynn 

2:00 – 2:10 – National Legislative Association on Prescription Drug Prices (NLARx) 
   Sharon Treat 

2:10 – 2:20 – Vermont Commission on International Trade and State Sovereignty  
   Robin Lunge 

2:20 – 2:30 – BREAK  

2:30 – 2:40 – American University Washington College of Law Program on Information 
Justice and Intellectual Property on behalf of the AdHoc Civil Society Coalition on 
Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines 
   Sean Flynn 

2:40 – 2:50 – Universities Allied for Essential Medicines  
   Benjamin Stern 

2:50 – 3:00 – Health GAP (Global Access Project)  
   Asia Russell 

3:00 – 3:10 – Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property  
   Michael Palmedo 

3:10 – 3:20 – Public Citizen 
Peter Maybarduy  

3:20 – 3:30 – Lawyers Collective HIV/AIDS Unit 
   Anand Grover 

3:30 – 3:40 – Social Science Research Council 
   Joe Karaganis  



Post hearing briefs are optional and may be submitted until March 10, 2010, at 5 p.m.  
Post hearing briefs, comments, or questions should be sent electronically via, docket number USTR-2010-0003.  Submissions should 
contain the term “2010 Special 301 Review” in the “Type comment & Upload” field on   


Paula Pinha (Chair) 
Director for Intellectual Property and Innovation 
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative 

Andrea Cornwell  
Office of Intellectual Property Rights 
U.S. Department of Commerce 

Timothy McGowan 
Economic Officer 
Office of Intellectual Property Enforcement 
State Department 

Stuart Chemtob 
Special Counsel for International Trade 
Antitrust Division 
U.S. Department of Justice 

JoEllen Urban  
Office of International Relations  
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office  

Timothy Mills 
International Economist 
Department of the Treasury 

Maureen M. Pettis 
International Economist 
Bureau of International Labor Affairs 
Office of Trade and Labor Affairs  
U.S. Department of Labor 

Amanda Wilson 
Counsel for Policy and International Affairs 
U.S. Copyright Office 

Therese Randazzo 
Director, IPR Policy and Programs 
U.S. Customs and Border Protection 

Omar Karawa 
U.S. Department of Agriculture 

The Special 301 Hearing is open to the public.  Please bring picture ID and allow 20 
minutes for security processing.  Members of the press are welcome to attend, but please 
note that United States International Trade Commission regulations prohibit the use of 
electronic media in its hearing room.   

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