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2017 CSUSA Annual Meeting Speakers

 

Cynthia S. Arato
Shapiro Arato LLP

Cynthia S. Arato is an experienced litigator with a practice focusing on intellectual property, media and entertainment, and commercial litigation. Cynthia has successfully represented major corporations and prominent individuals in copyright, trademark, defamation, right of publicity, false advertising, employment, contract, fraud, fiduciary duty, and royalty actions. She has particular expertise prosecuting and defending complex copyright class actions. Cynthia regularly advises clients on a wide range of intellectual property matters, including trademark and right of publicity issues related to advertisements and products. She was lead trial counsel for the Select Committee of Inquiry formed by the House of Representatives in Connecticut in connection with impeachment proceedings related to Governor John G. Rowland, winning a landmark ruling from that State’s highest court leading to the Governor’s resignation from office.

Before co-founding Shapiro Arato LLP, Cynthia was a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and at other firms of national reputation, including the boutique litigation firm of Parcher, Hayes & Snyder.

Cynthia’s clients include leading entertainment and media companies, major record companies, and artists and writers in the entertainment industry.

 

Olufunmilayo B. Arewa
Professor of Law, University of California-Irvine School of Law
Director, Center for African Business, Law and Entrepreneurship
Joint Appointment in Law and Anthropology

Olufunmilayo B. Arewa is Professor of Law and Anthropology (by courtesy) at the University of California, Irvine School of Law. She received an M.A. and Ph.D. (Anthropology) from the University of California, Berkeley, an A.M. (Applied Economics) from the University of Michigan, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an A.B. from Harvard College. Her research focuses on issues related to culture, law, and business, with an emphasis on music, film, technology, and Africana studies. In 2015 she received a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Faculty Visit Research Grant for a research project entitled Cultural, Legal, and Business Considerations in the Diffusion of Jazz in Germany. Professor Arewa has studied classical voice for many years.

 

Jon Berroya
Vice President, Legal Affairs at the Entertainment Software Association (“ESA”)

Jon Berroya is the Vice President, Legal Affairs at the Entertainment Software Association (“ESA”), the U.S. association exclusively dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of companies that publish computer and video games for video game consoles, personal computers, mobile devices and the Internet.  Mr. Berroya is responsible for managing all aspects of ESA’s efforts to enforce its members’ intellectual property rights, and also counsels the association on cybersecurity and privacy issues.  Prior to joining ESA, Mr. Berroya was Senior Director, Internet Enforcement at BSA | The Software Alliance.  Mr. Berroya has also served as in-house counsel to Yahoo! Inc., represented many prominent social networking sites, Internet portals, and ISPs in connection with their online practices as a private practitioner, and he began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office prosecuting crimes ranging from online stalking to drug trafficking.

 

Peter W. Bressler
FIDSA
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Owner, Pbressler, LLC
Founder, Bresslergroup, Inc.
Fellow Member of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA)

Peter Bressler founded and for over 40 years led Bresslergroup, a product design and development firm that is internationally recognized for award winning, innovative design solutions for a broad client list including Black & Decker, Polk Audio, Becton Dickinson, Motorola, Wilkinson Sword and Siemens Corporation. Bressler’s ownership interest in Bresslergroup was sold in 2012.

Mr. Bressler has personally authored or co-authored over 75 design and utility patents and received over 50 National and International Design Awards. He has served on juries for multiple design awards programs and has been an invited presenter at events in Europe and Asia as well the United States.  An active member and past President of the Industrial Designers Society of America, he has been awarded Fellowship in the society and recently received the IDSA Personal Recognition Award, one of the organization’s highest honors. For the past 10 years Bressler has, on occasion, provided expert witness support in design patent, utility patent, trade dress and products liability cases. As an Adjunct Associate Professor since 2006, Bressler has helped to develop the Integrated Product Design Program at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Jacqueline C. Charlesworth
Covington & Burling

Jacqueline C. Charlesworth, an attorney at the law firm Covington & Burling, practices intellectual property law, with an emphasis on copyright issues. Before joining Covington’s New York office, she served for three years as General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights at the U.S. Copyright Office in Washington, D.C. While at the Copyright Office, Ms. Charlesworth had primary responsibility for interpretation of the U.S. Copyright Act. As General Counsel she oversaw a wide range of litigation, legislative, regulatory, and policy matters, including the Office’s participation in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, rulemaking proceedings under the DMCA and other provisions, legal review of Copyright Royalty Board decisions, the administration of statutory cable, satellite, and music licenses, and copyright registration and termination issues. She also advised Congress on copyright-related legislation and policy concerns.

Before joining the Copyright Office, Ms. Charlesworth was in private practice, where she handled IP-related litigation and transactional matters. Prior to that, she served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the National Music Publishers’ Association and Senior Vice President and General Counsel of The Harry Fox Agency. Ms. Charlesworth received a B.A. from Brown University and a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she was an Executive Committee Editor of The Yale Law Journal and a founding member of the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Judge Betty B. Fletcher of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

 

Casey Chisick
Partner, Cassels Brock

Casey Chisick co-chairs the Intellectual Property and Sports & Entertainment practices at Cassels Brock. He is certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Certified Specialist in Intellectual Property (Copyright).

Having worked as a law professor, a jazz promoter and a musician – and even as artistic director of an internationally-renowned folk dance company – Casey offers his clients a rare combination of recognized expertise in copyright and other intellectual property matters and first-hand experience in the business of entertainment. His diverse practice spans a number of related areas, including intellectual property, entertainment law, communications, advertising and marketing, and fashion and apparel, with particular expertise in the collective administration of copyright. Casey provides transactional advice and litigation counsel to a host of diverse clients in the music, film, television, broadcasting, theatre, advertising, literary, newspaper, visual arts, new media and fashion industries, as well as to a number of top Canadian universities and to general business clients with intellectual property needs. He also consults on negotiation strategy for businesses of all kinds.

As a transactional lawyer, Casey serves as a trusted advisor to clients on significant deals ranging from the purchase and sale of music, film, television, music publishing, broadcasting and new media assets to the development, financing, production and distribution of TV series, specials and feature films. He has negotiated scores of recording, management, publishing, appearance, branding, and employment agreements for well-known artists and executives in the entertainment and media industries and has served as chief outside counsel to companies in fields as diverse as IT outsourcing, interactive advertising, fitness and nutrition, and functional genomics. 

As litigation counsel, Casey has appeared in five seminal copyright cases before the Supreme Court of Canada: SOCAN v. Bell Canada, Entertainment Software Association v. SOCAN, Rogers Communications v. SOCAN, Alberta v. Access Copyright, and CBC v. SODRAC. He has also represented clients in copyright and entertainment matters before the courts of Ontario and British Columbia, the Federal Court, and the Federal Court of Appeal. Moreover, Casey has extensive experience in rate-setting proceedings before the Copyright Board of Canada.

 

Karyn Temple Claggett
Acting Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office

On October 21, 2016, Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden named Karyn Temple Claggett Acting Register of Copyrights while a national search is conducted for a new permanent Register of Copyrights. Temple Claggett had served as Associate Register of Copyrights and director of policy and international a airs for the United States Copyright Office since January 30, 2013. Prior to that, she served as senior counsel in the Office of Policy and International A airs.

As Associate Register, she assisted the Register of Copyrights with critical policy functions of the Copyright Office, including domestic and international policy analyses, legislative support, and trade negotiations. She directed the Office of Policy and International A airs, which represents the Copyright Office at meetings of government officials concerned with the international aspects of intellectual property protection, and she provided regular support to Congress and its committees on statutory amendments and construction.

Prior to joining the Copyright Office, Temple Claggett served as senior counsel to the deputy attorney general of the United States, assisting with the formulation of U.S. Department of Justice policy on sensitive legal issues and helping to manage the department’s Task Force on Intellectual Property. She also spent several years in private practice at the Recording Industry Association of America and at the law firm Williams & Connolly, LLP. She began her legal career as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division through its Honors Program and also served as a law clerk to the Hon. Nathaniel R. Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Temple Claggett earned her JD from the Columbia University Law School, where she was a senior editor of the Columbia Law Review and Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She earned her BA in English from the University of Michigan.

 

Robert W. Clarida
Reitler Kailas & Rosenblatt LLC

Bob Clarida heads our intellectual property practice, which has been rated Tier 1 in New York and Tier 3 nationally.  He is widely recognized for his intellectual property expertise and has extensive experience in all aspects of securing, enforcing and licensing non-patent intellectual property rights, and in advising a broad range of clients on effective strategies for maximizing value and avoiding infringement risk.

Bob speaks and writes frequently on copyright issues. He is the author of the treatise COPYRIGHT LAW DESKBOOK (BNA 2009), and a principal presenter of the annual review of copyright decisions delivered each year to the Copyright Society of the USA.

Bob co-authors the regular copyright law column in the New York Law Journal, teaches a seminar on emerging intellectual property issues at Columbia Law School, and has chaired numerous committees for the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association, and the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

 

Cynthia Dahl
Practice Professor of Law
University of Pennsylvania Law School

Cynthia Dahl is the Director of the Detkin Intellectual Property and Technology Legal Clinic, a “teaching law firm” at Penn Law giving students the chance to help clients set and implement IP strategy. She specializes in the business applications of intellectual property and technology, and writes and speaks extensively around the country about teaching in this area.  Before joining Penn Law, Cynthia was Senior IP Counsel for TruePosition, Inc. a Liberty Media-owned international wireless location company.  While at TruePosition, she grew the company’s extensive patent portfolio and developed the IP portfolio of three related start-up ventures, drafted all manner of intellectual property agreements, and managed litigation and advocated in front of international standards bodies. Prior to working at TruePosition, she was a litigation associate at Holland and Hart LLP and Pennie and Edmonds LLP. Before launching her legal career, she counseled artists at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York, and held several jobs in policy and the press, including working for Senator Bill Bradley (D-NJ) and Nina Totenberg at National Public Radio.

As Detkin Clinic director, she works closely with the Penn Center for Innovation and Penn Law’s Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition.

 

Joseph V. DeMarco
Partner, DeVore & DeMarco LLP

Joseph V. DeMarco is a partner at DeVore & DeMarco LLP where he specializes in counseling clients on complex issues involving information privacy and security, theft of intellectual property, computer intrusions, on-line fraud, and the lawful use of new technology.  His years of experience in private practice and in government handling the most difficult cybercrime investigations handled by the United States Attorney's Office have made him one of the nation's leading experts on Internet crime and the law relating to emerging technologies.

From 1997 to 2007, Mr. DeMarco served an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he founded and headed the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIPs) Program, a group of five prosecutors dedicated to investigating and prosecuting violations of federal cybercrime laws and intellectual property offenses.  Under his leadership, CHIPs prosecutions grew from a trickle in 1997 to a top priority of the United States Attorney's Office, encompassing all forms of criminal activity affecting e-commerce and critical infrastructures including computer hacking crimes; transmission of Internet worms and viruses; electronic theft of trade secrets; and criminal copyright and trademark infringement offenses.  As a recognized expert in the field, Mr. DeMarco was frequently asked to counsel prosecutors and law enforcement agents regarding novel investigative and surveillance techniques and methodologies and anti-piracy efforts, and regularly provided advice to the United States Attorney concerning the Office's most sensitive computer-related investigations.  In 2001, Mr. DeMarco also served as a visiting Trial Attorney at the Department of Justice Computer Crimes and Intellectual Property Section in Washington, D.C., where he focused on Internet privacy, gaming, and theft of intellectual property crimes.

Since 2002, Mr. DeMarco has served as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Law School, where he teaches the upper-class Internet and Computer Crimes seminar.  He has spoken throughout the world on cybercrime, piracy of copyright-protected content, and IP enforcement.  He has lectured on the subject of cybercrime at Harvard Law School, the Practicing Law Institute, the National Advocacy Center, and at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and has served as an instructor on cybercrime to judges attending the New York State Judicial Institute.

Prior to joining the United States Attorney's Office, Mr. DeMarco was a litigation associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in New York City, where he concentrated on intellectual property, antitrust, and securities law issues for various high-technology clients.  Prior to that, Mr. DeMarco served as law clerk to the Honorable J. Daniel Mahoney, United States Circuit Judge for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. DeMarco holds a J.D. cum laude from New York University School of Law where he was a member of the NYU Law Review.  He received his B.S.F.S. summa cum laude from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.  He is a member of the:

o   International Bar Association (Technology Committee);

o   Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

o   New York State Bar Association, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section (Co-chair, Internet and IP Committee, 2009-present); and

o   New York City Bar Association (Co-Chair, Information Technology Committee; Past Member, Copyright and Literary Property Committee).

Mr. DeMarco is a Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated lawyer for Computers and Software, Litigation and Internet Law, and is listed in “Band 2” of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business guide as a leading lawyer nationwide in Privacy and Data Security.  He has also been named as a “SuperLawyer” for his expertise and work in the area of Intellectual Property Litigation.  In 2013, his Firm was named IP “Boutique of the Year” by ACQ Magazine.  He has published numerous articles and appeared on major news programs in his practice areas and is a member of the Professional Editorial Board of the prestigious Computer Law and Security Review (Elsevier) and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Center for Law and Information Policy at Fordham University School of Law.  He is also a member of the cyber-security initiative of Business Executives for National Security.

Mr. DeMarco has received numerous professional awards, including the U.S. Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance, as well as the Lawyer of Integrity Award from the Institute for Jewish Humanities.  In his spare time he enjoys parenting, golf, and listening to classical piano.

 

Judith Finell
Judith Finell MusicServices, Inc.

Judith Finell is a musicologist and the president of Judith Finell MusicServices Inc., a music consulting firm in New York founded 25 years ago. Since then, she has served as consultant and expert witness involving music copyright infringement. Most recently, Judith Finell was the testifying expert for the Marvin Gaye family in the “Blurred Lines” case in Federal Court. She has testified in many other notable copyright infringement trials over the past 20 years. She regularly advises HBO, Lionsgate, Grey Advertising, Ogilvy & Mather, Warner, Disney, and Sony Pictures on musical works for their commercials, films, and television series. Ms. Finell frequently advises attorneys, advertising agencies, entertainment and recording companies, publishing firms, and musicians, addressing copyright issues, including those arising from digital sampling, electronic technology and Internet musical usage.

Ms. Finell holds an M.A. degree in musicology from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.A. from UCLA in piano performance. She has written numerous articles and a book in the area of contemporary music and copyright infringement and has appeared in trials on Court TV and before the American Intellectual Property Law Association. She is on the board of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., and has appeared as a guest lecturer at the law schools of Harvard University, UCLA, Columbia, Vanderbilt, George Washington, NYU, and Fordham as well as the Beverly Hills Bar Assn., LA Copyright Society, and the American Independent Music Publishers. She may be reached either by e-mail at judi@jfmusicservices.com or by telephone at (914) 779-8881.

 

Helene M. Freeman
Phillips Nizer LLP

Helene M. Freeman is a partner in the Litigation Department at Phillips Nizer LLP.  Her practice is focused on all facets of entertainment, publishing, the arts and fashion.  She has counseled multinational record distributors, leading songwriters and recording artists, film and television producers and distributors, international music publishing companies, theatrical producers, authors and advertising agencies.

As a litigator with more than thirty years of experience, Helene has been trial and appellate counsel in precedent setting cases under both copyright and trademark law throughout the United States.  Most recently, Helene represented the surviving members of Led Zeppelin in their successful defense against the charge that “Stairway to Heaven” infringed the copyright of the musical composition “Taurus”.

The “Stairway to Heaven” case is but the most recent of a series of high profile cases in which Helene has served as trial and appellate counsel. Over thirty years ago, for her first copyright infringement trial, she participated in the representation of Mick Jagger in the successful defense of a copyright infringement claim over his solo song, “Just Another Night,” resulting in a jury verdict in his favor after a seven day trial.

Other client successes include Helene’s defense of the band *NSYNC in several suits for breach of contract, fraud and copyright infringement.  Her representation of the group began when she defeated an action brought by BMG and Louis Pearlman’s Transcontinental Records to enjoin the group from performing under the name *NSYNC and to compel the group to deliver their second album to BMG.  As a result, *NSYNC gained its freedom, left the RCA record label and released their “No Strings Attached” album on the Jive label under a contract they negotiated directly.

Helene is a cum laude graduate of the New York University School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review and elected to the Order of the Coif.  She has been named one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for copyright and recognized as a Super Lawyer® in Entertainment and Sports for many years.  She is also a long time member of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

 

Robert J. Kasunic
Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy & Practice

Robert J. Kasunic is Associate Register of Copyrights and director of registration policy and practice for the United States Copyright Office. He was appointed to the position effective April 16, 2013.

In his position, Kasunic heads the Office of Registration Policy and Practice, which administers the U.S. copyright registration system and advises the Register of Copyrights on questions of registration policy and related regulations and interpretations of the copyright law. He is a recognized copyright expert and is one of four legal advisors to the Register.

Kasunic joined the Copyright Office in 2000 as a senior attorney in the Office of General Counsel and was appointed deputy general counsel in 2010. Prior to arriving at the Office, he worked in private practice on a variety of copyright, trademark, and cyberlaw issues. He currently serves an adjunct professor of law at American University’s Washington College of Law and is on the adjunct faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he began teaching in 1995.

Kasunic earned his JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law and his BA in political science from Columbia University.

 

Thomas Kjellberg
Partner, Cowan Leibowitz & Latman

Tom practices in the areas of copyright, right of publicity and trademark law.  Tom has represented companies large and small in copyright licensing, litigation and enforcement matters.  Tom speaks and writes frequently on copyright and related issues, and is the chief author of the annual review of copyright decisions published each year in the Journal of the Copyright Society of the USA and delivered at the Copyright Society’s annual meeting.  Tom is a past Trustee of the Society. 

Significant cases include Varsity Brands, Inc. v. Star Athletica LLC, 799 F.3d 468 (6th Cir. 2015) (cert. granted 2016) (concerning the copyrightability of two-dimensional artwork applied to useful articles); Penguin Group (USA) Inc. v. American Buddha, 609 F.3d 30 (2d Cir. 2010), 16 N.Y.3d 295 (2011) (on certified question), 640 F. 3d 497 (2d Cir. 2011) (concerning New York long-arm jurisdiction in copyright infringement cases involving copyrighted literary works on the Internet); Figure Eight Holdings, LLC v. Dr. Jay’s, Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 107140 (C.D. Cal. Sept. 21, 2011) (obtaining grant of summary judgment of non-infringement of visual artwork for defendants), 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 134089 (C.D. Cal. Nov. 18, 2011) (obtaining award of attorneys’ fees for prevailing defendants); Bill Graham Archives v. Dorling Kindersley Ltd., 448 F.3d 605 (2d Cir. 2006) (affirming summary judgment for defendant publisher that “thumbnail” reproductions of seven concert posters in Grateful Dead biography are transformative fair use); Penguin Group (USA) Inc. v. Thomas Steinbeck and Blake Smyle, 537 F.3d 193 (2d Cir. 2008), cert. denied, 129 S. Ct. 2383 (2009) (obtaining appellate reversal that invalidated the attempt by John Steinbeck’s son and granddaughter to terminate Penguin’s publishing agreement under Section 304(d) of the Copyright Act, and upheld Penguin’s right to continue publishing The Grapes of Wrath and other Steinbeck works for their full copyright terms); Hudson v. Universal Studios, Inc., 369 Fed. Appx. 291 (2d Cir. 2010), cert. denied, 131 S. Ct. 1027 (2011) (affirming grant of summary judgment for defendant creators that Eddie Murphy/Martin Lawrence film Life did not infringe copyright in plaintiff’s play).  Tom has participated in the drafting of amicus curiae briefs on behalf of organizations including the RIAA, the MPAA and Sony Computer Entertainment America.

Tom earned his J.D. in 1998 from Fordham Law School, where he was awarded First Place in the Nathan Burkan Memorial Writing Competition sponsored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.  He is admitted to the bars of the State of New York, the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the Second, Sixth and Ninth Circuits, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

 

Nancy Kopans
Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary
ITHAKA

Nancy Kopans is Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary of ITHAKA, www.ithaka.org, a not-for-profit organization that works with the global higher educational community to advance and preserve knowledge and to improve teaching and learning through the use of digital technologies. ITHAKA has launched some of the most transformative and widely used services in higher education: Ithaka S+R, Portico, and JSTOR. Recently ITHAKA enhanced its mission through a strategic alliance with Artstor, facilitating access to its services for researchers, teachers, and students worldwide.

Kopans is a frequent speaker and has served on a number of industry committees and boards of trustees, including as Chair of the ABA Committee on Database Protection Legislation’s Subcommittee on Protection of U.S. Databases; the Section 108 Study Group; the Century Association Archives Foundation; and the Board of Advisors of The Copyright Society. Kopans received a B.A. from Dartmouth College, an M.A., and M. Phil. from Columbia University, and a J.D. from Georgetown University.

 

Peter Lam
Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property, GE Power

Peter is currently at General Electric Company as Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property, for digital & software IP matters across all of GE’s Power business. He is developing and executing GE Power’s digital IP strategy as the company continues its transformation into a digital industrial company.

Previously, Peter has held positions with legal and engineering teams at a number of Silicon Valley tech companies. Most recently, he served as Senior IP counsel for over seven years at Cisco Systems supporting a number of technologies including security, collaboration, wireless and virtualization.  In addition to being responsible for patent portfolio development and IP strategy at Cisco, he also drove strategic programs including patent monetization, marketplace transactions, and IP cross licensing.  Prior to Cisco, Peter was Senior IP counsel for medical robotics startup Hansen Medical where he helped build an IP program in preparation for its IPO.  At Siemens, he was the lead IP counsel for the Ultrasound Division of Siemens Medical Solutions.  Peter also spent over eleven years at Intel, working initially as an integrated circuit design engineer and as a software developer, and later as a patent attorney protecting microprocessor and memory technologies.

Peter received his JD and High Tech Law Certificate from the Santa Clara University School of Law and his BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Davis.

 

Gerard J. Lewis, Jr.
Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer
Comcast Cable Communications, LLC

Mr. Lewis is Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Chief Privacy Officer for Comcast where he advises company management and business units on intellectual property, technology, e-commerce, Internet, privacy, and security law matters.  He leads the group within the Comcast Cable Law Department responsible for technology, licensing, non-patent intellectual property including copyrights and trademarks, and business information and privacy matters.  He also oversees and supports privacy initiatives and governance for Comcast Corporation.  Prior to joining Comcast, Mr. Lewis served as Acting General Counsel for Half.com, Inc., an eBay Inc. company.  Before that, he was Vice President & General Counsel for Infonautics, Inc., a publicly-traded Internet information company, where he was responsible for all legal matters for over five years.  Mr. Lewis began his legal career in the intellectual property and technology law group of the Reed Smith law firm.  Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Lewis worked in software product development as a senior technical writer and project team leader in California’s Silicon Valley.  He graduated with honors from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he earned his J.D. degree and served as Executive Editor of the Law Review; he earned his B.A. degree from Haverford College.  Mr. Lewis has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law where he has taught Computer Law and an advanced Copyright course.  He is an elected member of the American Law Institute and a member of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., the Association of Corporate Counsel, and the International Association of Privacy Professionals.  Mr. Lewis serves as a member of the Board of Advisors for the Center on Law and Information Policy (CLIP) at Fordham Law School and on the Advisory Board of the Future of Privacy Forum.  He is a frequent speaker on copyright, e-commerce, and privacy law topics at industry and professional events.

 

Gabriel Miller
Vice President Content Protection, Legal & Policy, Paramount Pictures

Gabe Miller is currently the Vice President of Content Protection, Legal & Policy at Paramount Pictures, in Hollywood, California.  In that capacity, he manages the global content protection and anti-piracy program for the studio and is responsible for a wide range of issues related to copyright enforcement and policy.  Before joining Paramount, Mr. Miller worked in private practice in Los Angeles handling a wide array of litigation-related matters, in large part on behalf of clients in the entertainment and media industries.  Mr. Miller is a former law clerk to the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and a graduate of Stanford University (B.A., M.A.), Columbia Law School (J.D.), and the London School of Economics (LL.M.).

 

Christina Peters
Associate General Counsel, Corporate and Regulatory Initiatives
IBM Corporation

Christina Peters is Chief Privacy Officer at IBM, where she is responsible for information policy and practices affecting IBM employees and thousands of clients. She leads a global team of legal, data protection and technical professionals at IBM who address privacy and data security in the leadership manner expected of this global brand. She also leads IBM’s global engagement in public policy and industry initiatives on data security and privacy, and serves on the advisory board of the Future of Privacy Forum and on the Education Advisory Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).

As a practicing attorney at IBM since 1996 (first in Germany, later in the US), Christina has handled a wide range of complex transactional, policy, compliance, litigation, and cybersecurity matters in the United States and internationally.  

Christina was educated at Dartmouth College (summa cum laude) and Harvard Law School (magna cum laude), where she was an Executive Editor of the Harvard Law Review. After a D.C. Circuit clerkship, Christina worked at a large Washington, D.C. law firm. Prior to joining IBM, she was a Robert Bosch Fellow in Germany, where she worked at the Federal Cartel Authority and Deutsche Telekom. She speaks German and French in addition to her native English. She is an IAPP Certified Information Privacy Professional, and has been admitted to the bars of New York, Pennsylvania (corporate counsel), Virginia and the District of Columbia.

 

Michael Risch
Associate Dean of Faculty Research and Development and Professor of Law
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Michael Risch is the Associate Dean of Faculty Research and Development and a Professor of Law Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, where he is a member of the university IP Policy Board. Professor Risch’s teaching and scholarship focus on intellectual property and internet law, with an emphasis on patents, trade secrets and information access. His articles have appeared in the Stanford Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Iowa Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, Florida Law Review, George Mason Law Review, Harvard Journal of Law & Technology, and Stanford Technology Law Review, among other journals.  His work has also appeared at the Yale Law Journal Online, and Penn. Law Review Online.  Risch is a contributor at the Written Description blog and a periodic guest contributor at the Patently-O, Prawfsblawg, and Faculty Lounge blogs. His work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Prior to joining the Villanova faculty in 2010, Professor Risch was an Associate Professor at the West Virginia University College of Law, where he founded the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Law Program and its Entrepreneurship Law Clinic. Prior to that, he was an Olin Fellow in Law at Stanford Law School, and a partner at intellectual property boutique Russo & Hale LLP in Palo Alto, California. He remains of counsel with its successor, Computer Law Group LLP. His practice centers around expert testimony; intellectual property litigation, licensing, auditing and protection; complex civil litigation; start-up and entrepreneurial counseling, and alternative dispute resolution. He is a member of the bars of California, the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth and Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal, and the Northern District of California.

Risch is also an avid computer programmer, and has customized, installed, and maintained portal web sites for both his own academic pursuits and his former firm.  He also developed an electronic mail plug-in that allowed early versions of Novell Groupwise email software to seamlessly use Pretty Good Privacy encryption; Network Associates, the maker of PGP software purchased the software in 1998.  Risch is a co-author of a book on software development for Novell Groupwise.

Professor Risch graduated from Stanford University with honors and distinction in public policy and with distinction in quantitative economics; he was a national merit scholar there.  He earned his law degree at the University of Chicago, where he graduated with high honors and was an Olin Fellow in Law & Economics and a Bradley Fellow in Law & Economics.

 

Chad Rutkowski
Partner, BakerHostetler

Chad Rutkowski focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and litigation counseling. With an extensive background in general commercial litigation, Chad's practice involves both contractual disputes involving intellectual property and the protection of intellectual property itself. Chad has handled litigation involving all aspects of intellectual property law as well as the enforcement of IP licensing rights. Chad has appeared before federal and state trial courts, private domestic and international arbitration panels, and has argued before the New Jersey Supreme Court and lower appellate courts. His experience in handling litigation has led him to develop a particular skill in enforcing the indemnification rights of clients, and he has helped create a unique program for coordinating those enforcement rights across multiple cases and multiple technology fields.

Chad complements his law practice by acting as the business manager for Throwaway Horse LLC, a digital media publisher that created the well-known Ulysses Seen website and iPad app. Chad studies the ways traditional intellectual property protections morph and adapt to address the unique issues posed by the web, mobile apps and other new media outlets, giving him a unique perspective on his clients' needs in the field of digital media and content delivery.

 

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