WASHINGTON, Monday, May 9, 2011 – The internet and intellectual property policy news and events service BroadbandBreakfast.com will hold its May 2011 Intellectual Property Breakfast Club event, “Intellectual Property Enforcement: Where Does the Law Need to Be Updated?” on Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 from 8 am – 10 am at Clyde’s of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. Washington, DC 20001.
In March this year, the White House’ U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator issued a package of legislative recommendations on updating U.S. intellectual property law. The Coordinator addressed some of the challenges and issues that the US government faces when enforcing the law, and suggested updates as a result. See the blog post on the subject, at http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/03/15/concrete-steps-congress-can-take-protect-americas-intellectual-property.
Additionally, the report outlining the recommendations is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/ip_white_paper.pdf
Taken in all, the Administration recommends a series of reforms that would increase penalties for specific kinds of offenses, as well as for recidivist infringers. The reforms would also give the federal government more power when investigating criminal copyright and trademark cases by granting the ability to wiretap suspects in those cases. Among other things, the administration also recommends that Congress clarifies what the term “streaming” on the internet means, and criminalize “infringement by streaming,” or “by means of other similar new technology.” This panel will explore the issues that led up to some of these recommendations
Keynote Speaker for the event is
Erik R. Barnett, Assistant Deputy Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security
Mr. Barnett’s responsibilities include policy and operational guidance on intellectual property theft enforcement, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, human rights violations and war crimes, counter-proliferation, child exploitation, and international organized crime. Mr. Barnett is also the senior advisor to the Director of ICE for the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center. Prior to joining ICE, Mr. Barnett was a federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Mr. Barnett will also join the panel, which features the following speakers:
Jason Gull, Senior Counsel, Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) of the United States Department of Justice
Jason Gull prosecutes criminal copyright, trademark, trade secret, and other intellectual property offenses, and advises federal prosecutors and investigators on intellectual property, computer crime, and electronic evidence issues. In addition to prosecution, he works with other DOJ and federal government components on development and review of legislative and policy proposals related to intellectual property enforcement. Prior to joining CCIPS in 2001, Mr. Gull practiced civil litigation and criminal defense with the law firms of Jenner & Block and Heller Ehrman.
David McClure, President and CEO, US Internet Industry Association (USIIA)
McClure has held management positions in the Internet, broadband, computing, aerospace and environmental services industries. In 2007, he was appointed by FCC Chairman Kevin Martin to serve a three-year term on the Universal Service Administrative Corporation (USAC) board. Active in the online community since 1983, he has written and lectured extensively on management and technology issues, and is an authority on technology applications for business and global Internet policy. He regularly speaks at telecommunications industry events and is active in global conferences related to governance of the Internet. In addition, he is a regular contributor to business and broadband publications, has authored more than 35 white papers related to the Internet and technology, and consults with government and Internet organizations worldwide. In 2004, he was honored with a Cornerstone Award for leadership in the broadband industry.
M. Luisa Simpson, Executive Director, International Copyright Enforcement & Trade Policy, Association of American Publishers
Lui Simpson joined the Association of American Publishers (AAP) in August 2009 as Executive Director for International Copyright Enforcement and Trade Policy. Lui manages the association’s enforcement program in several Asian markets and the association’s engagement on copyright, technology, and international trade policy issues with both U.S. and foreign governments. Prior to joining AAP, Lui was Senior Counsel for Intellectual Property Policy at the Entertainment Software Association, where she developed the industry’s Statement of Principles on ISP Responsibility, as well as industry positions concerning a variety of copyright and trade-related issues. Lui holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) degree and a Master of Laws (LL.M) degree in International and Comparative Law.
Chun T. Wright, President, Law Office of Chun T. Wright
Chun T. Wright runs a Washington, D.C.-based law firm that specializes in intellectual property enforcement, as well as Internet and technology law. Prior to founding her firm, Ms. Wright served as Vice President, Anti-Piracy Legal Affairs, for the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) in Washington, D.C. Ms. Wright also litigated for several years at major law firms in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Wright represented prominent Internet and technology businesses, start-ups, and multinational companies involving cutting-edge issues, including intellectual property, Internet law, privacy, and content regulation. Ms. Wright also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia for four years. After law school, Ms. Wright served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Emilio M. Garza of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ms. Wright received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and her B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Wright is admitted to the State Bar of California and the District of Columbia Bar, and admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and other federal courts.
Drew Clark, Publisher of BroadbandBreakfast.com, will moderate the event.
The event will take place at Clydeʼs of Gallery Place, 707 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001, from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. American and Continental breakfasts are included. The program begins shortly after 8:30 a.m.
Tickets to the event are $45.00 plus a small online fee. Registration is available at http://ipbreakfast.eventbrite.com. The Intellectual Property Breakfast Club schedule can be viewed at http:/ipbreakfastseries.eventbrite.com.
The Intellectual Property Breakfast Club is sponsored by Intel, Public Knowledge, and The National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA).
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