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Joe Gratz is a copyright litigator at Durie Tangri LLP in San Francisco. He represents technology companies both in protecting their own works of authorship and in enabling new and innovative uses of copyrighted works. In addition to his work at Durie Tangri, Joe teaches Internet Law at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. He was counsel for Google in the Google Books case. 

 

Maria A. Pallante is the President and CEO of the Association of American Publishers (AAP), a membership organization that represents the legal, policy, and business interests of book and journal publishers in the United States, including trade, education, professional, and scholarly publishers. She was appointed by the Board of Directors on January 17, 2017.

Pallante is a recognized leader in the field of intellectual property.  From June 1, 2011 through October 29, 2016, she served as United States Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyrights Office. In this role, she administered an increasingly complex legal system of programs, practices, and regulations and assisted executive branch agencies with trade, treaties, and litigation. Pallante was a key advisor to the U.S. Congress, working closely with lawmakers to evaluate the efficacy and balance of the Copyright Act; address issues at the intersection of law, business, and technology; and modernize the national copyright system. Under her leadership, the Copyright Office produced extensive policy studies, legislative recommendations, and strategic plans, working with a vast stakeholder community and thousands of public comments. From 2007-2010, Pallante held two senior positions in the U.S. Copyright Office: Deputy General Counsel, and Associate Register and Director of Policy and International Affairs. From 1999 to 2007, she was Associate Counsel and Director of Licensing for the worldwide network of Guggenheim Museums, working on a variety of intellectual property, governance, and business issues.  In addition to private practice, she served briefly as assistant director of the Authors Guild and executive director of the National Writers Union, in both positions advising on copyright policy, transactions, litigation, and freedom of expression issues.

Pallante has testified numerous times before Congress, served on United States Government delegations, and delivered a number of distinguished lectures.  These include the 2013 Horace S. Manges Lecture (Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts), the 2012 and 2013 David Nelson Lectures (Berkeley Technology Law Journal); and the 2016 Roger L. Shidler Lecture (Washington Journal of Law, Technology and the Arts). Pallante is a graduate of George Washington University Law School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Misericordia University, which also awarded her an honorary doctorate of humane letters.

 

Allison Roach is a Senior Associate at Kilpatrick Townsend and focuses her practice on trademark, copyright, and consumer product safety issues. She has experience in federal trademark, trade dress, and copyright infringement litigation, international and domestic trademark portfolio management and enforcement work, and counseling in Consumer Product Safety compliance. She also regularly practices before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Ms. Roach has been recognized as a 2014, 2015 and 2016 Georgia "Rising Star" in the area of Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers magazine. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, J.D. (2008) cum laude and the University of Georgia, A.B., English and Studio Art (2005) summa cum laude.

 

E. Leonard Rubin served as a past chair of the Midwest Chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA and is a former trustee and executive committee member of the Copyright Society of the USA. He has written numerous articles and spoken both in this country and abroad on copyright, trademark, defamation, entertainment, and data protection issues. He is a member of the Chicago, Illinois, New York State and American Bar Associations. He is admitted to practice before the Illinois and New York state courts, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court and the Fifth and Seventh U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Len is an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law School, where he teaches entertainment law. He is a former adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law, the University of Illinois College of Law, and Loyola University Law School. He is a past president and board member of Lawyers for the Creative Arts, which provides free legal help to indigent artists, authors, and composers. He has also served as a director of CBA-TV Inc For 35 years, Rubin was the director and co-author of “Christmas Spirits,” the annual social and political musical satire show produced by the Chicago Bar Association.

 

Andrea L. Rush, a specialist in copyright and trademark law, as certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC), has served for 10 years as chair of the annual LSUC IP Year in Review and previously as chair of the LSUC IP Specialist Certification Board, ALAI (Toronto). Andrea was appointed by Canadian government to IHAC Copyright Subcommittee and Business Services SAGIT and has taught copyright law at Osgoode Hall Law School (ecommerce LL.M. program) and at OCAD University. She is the recipient of awards from LSUC (2015), the Copyright Society of the USA (Charles Seton), Justice Canada (Duff Rinfret Scholarship - full scholarship to complete an LL.M. focusing on copyright in software) and McGill (Steinberg Scholarship, Scarlet Key). Andrea serves on the Board of Directors of ALAI Canada, and chairs the Toronto Chapter. She has a strong copyright practice which is recognized by Chambers Global, Best Lawyers, WTR 1000, Lexpert, Who’s Who Legal, Women in Business. A musician, Andrea is currently a member of the Strings Attached Orchestra and Orchestra Toronto (viola), with degrees from McGill University in piano performance and music history.

 

Ben Sheffner is Senior Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Copyright & Legal Affairs, at the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., where he specializes in copyright and other intellectual property policy and runs the MPAA’s amicus brief program. Ben previously held in-house legal positions at NBCUniversal and Twentieth Century Fox, and worked as an associate in the Century City office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP, where he litigated copyright and other cases for major movie studios, television networks, and record labels. In 2008, Ben served as Special Counsel on Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign, where, among other responsibilities, he handled the campaign’s copyright, trademark, and other intellectual property issues. Ben served as a law clerk for the Hon. M. Margaret McKeown on the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit from 2000-2001. Prior to attending law school, Ben worked as a political reporter in Washington, DC, where he covered congressional elections, the term limits movement, campaign finance reform, and various other issues related to Congress’ internal politics and administration. Ben received an A.B. from Harvard College in 1993 and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2000.

 

Kate Spelman has more than 30 years of experience providing strategic advice, design and implementation counsel for large, mid-sized and startup companies on copyright, trademark, trade secret and patent matters, both nationally and internationally, and has a special focus on media, licensing and mass digitization issues. At Lane Powell, Kate advises and counsels clients on the development, production, sale and defense of work related to emerging content distribution strategies and challenges, special issues in news reporting including repurposing content, and firewall and paywall configuration in light of changes in the fair use defense. Kate is a frequent speaker on the progress of emerging copyright and digital publishing issues, and has advised authors, nonprofit and for-profit publishers, and internet service providers on the new language and provisions of the changed, global distribution environment. She is also a member of the advisory group for the American Law Institute’s Restatement of the Law of Copyright project. She has represented large digital publishing companies in international distribution agreements as well as represented developers and designers who are building and launching tools for online transmissions, storytelling, expression and art.

Additionally, Kate has experience assisting clients with Open Source licensing issues, including Open Source integrated licenses, audits, mergers and acquisitions due diligence, and compliance negotiations. Kate also helps clients design independent holding companies in the U.S. and in offshore intellectual property asset management. She has experience with intellectual property asset audits, and has assisted companies in proactive and reactive Sarbanes-Oxley.

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