A series of annual lectures on domestic copyright given in memory
of the publisher Donald C. Brace, who founded Harcourt, Brace & Co. in 1919. Apart from his interest
in the art of literature, he was deeply interested in copyright legislation, the protection
of creative talent, and freedom of the press. In 1950, he was awarded the Columbia University Medal
of Excellence in recognition of his distinguished contributions to publishing.
This series was originally established by a gift from his daughter, Mrs. Donna Brace Ogilvie.
The Forty-Third Annual Donald C. Brace Memorial Lecture
November 4, 2013
Speaker: Shira Perlmutter
From Paralysis to
Progress: The (Useful) Art of Copyright
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Chief Policy Officer and
Director for International Affairs
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Shira Perlmutter is the Chief
Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs at the USPTO. In that
position, Ms. Perlmutter serves as a policy advisor to the Under Secretary of
Commerce for Intellectual Property and oversees administration and support for
all domestic and international IP policy-related operations; congressional and
legislative engagement, as carried out by the Office of Governmental Affairs;
education and training, as carried out under the Global Intellectual Property
Academy (GIPA); global IP leadership through administration of the IP Attaché
Program; and economic analysis, as carried out by the Chief Economist.
Before joining the USPTO, Ms.
Perlmutter was Executive Vice President for Global Legal Policy at the International
Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). Before that, she was Vice
President and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property Policy at
Ms. Perlmutter previously worked at the
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva as a consultant on
the copyright issues involved in electronic commerce. In 1995, she was
appointed as the first Assoc-
iate Register for
Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Copyright Office. She was the copyright
consultant to the Clinton Administration’s Advisory Council on the National
Information Infrastructure in 1994-95.
Ms. Perlmutter is a Research Fellow at the
Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre at Oxford University, and a
lecturer at King’s College, University of London. From 1990-95, she was a law
professor at The Catholic University of America, teaching Copyright Law,
Trademarks and Unfair Competition, and International Intellectual Property Law.
Previously, she practiced law in New York City, specializing in copyright and
trademark counseling and
litigation. She is a co-author of a leading casebook on International
Intellectual Property Law and Policy, and has published numerous articles on
Ms. Perlmutter has written extensively
about copyright issues, including a casebook, "International Intellectual
Property Law and Policy,” with Professors Graeme Austin, Graeme Dinwoodie and
William Hennessey (Lexis Nexis, 2d ed. 2009); "Participation in the International
Copyright System as a Means to Promote the Progress of Science and Useful
Arts,” 36 Loyola (L.A.) L. Rev. 323 (2002); "Convergence and the Future of
Copyright,” 24 Columbia-VLA J.L. & Arts 163-175 (2001); "Future Directions
in International Copyright,” 16 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 369 (1998); "Freeing
Copyright from Formalities,” 13 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 565 (1995); "The
United States Supreme Court Reviews Parody Under the Fair Use Doctrine: Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc.,” 40
Copyright World 17 (1994); "Fair Use Misconstrued: Profit, Presumptions and Parody,” with
William F. Patry, 11 Cardozo Arts & Ent. L.J. 667 (1993); "Lotus Development
Corp. v. Paperback Software International: A View from the United States,” 149
Revue Internationale Droit d’Auteur 163 (1991); "The Scope of Copyright in Telephone
Directories: Keeping Listing Information
in the Public Domain,” 38 Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. 1
(1990); and "Conceptual Separability and Copyright in the Designs of Useful Articles,” 37 Journal of the Copyright Society of the
U.S.A. 339 (1990).
Ms. Perlmutter received her A.B.
from Harvard University and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.