Speakers / Authors:
Robert J. Kasunic
Robert J. Kasunic is associate Register of Copyrights and director of registration policy and practice for the U.S. Copyright Office. Mr. Kasunic served most recently as deputy general counsel of the Copyright Office where he oversaw the implementation of policy, regulations, and practices on copyright registration and deposit issues; and worked regularly with the Department of Justice on related litigation.
Mr. Kasunic serves as the principal advisor to the Register on legal and business issues relating to the administration of the national registration system; manages a large staff of subject matter experts; and works collaboratively with senior staff across the Copyright Office and the greater Library of Congress to create and maintain 21st century standards for registration of claims, deposit of creative works and the creation of public records. He plays a major role in implementing the Office's forthcoming Compendium of Copyright Office Practices this fall.
Mr. Kasunic joined the Copyright Office in 2000 as a senior attorney in the Office of the General Counsel and was elevated to principal legal advisor in 2003. In 2010 he was promoted to deputy general counsel and in 2012 served as the acting chief of the Registration Program's Performing Arts Division. Prior to joining the Office, his private practice included major copyright litigation.
Beyond his work at the Copyright Office, Mr. Kasunic has taught copyright law for 20 years and currently serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center and American University's Washington College of Law. He is also an active writer and speaker, having authored numerous scholarly articles and delivered dozens of presentations and lectures to the copyright community.
Mr. Kasunic earned his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law where he won first prize in the Nathan Burkan Memorial Competition for an article on fair use and photocopying for classroom use. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Columbia University.
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). Prior to that, she held the position of Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property Policy at Time Warner.
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 Associate 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. 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 copyright issues.
Ms. Perlmutter received her A.B. from Harvard University and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Chris Sprigman teaches intellectual property law, antitrust law, competition policy and comparative constitutional law at New York University Law School. His scholarship focuses on how legal rules affect innovation and the deployment of new technologies. He is the author of numerous articles both in law reviews in the popular press, as well as a book, The Knockoff Economy: How Imitation Sparks Innovation (Oxford 2012), co-authored with Kal Raustiala of the UCLA School of Law.
Mr. Sprigman clerked for Judge Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and for Justice Lourens H. W. Ackermann of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. Mr. Sprigman also taught at the law school of the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa. From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Sprigman served as appellate counsel in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where he worked on U.S. v. Microsoft, among other matters. He then joined the Washington, D.C. office of King & Spalding, where he was elected a partner. In 2003, he left law practice to become a Residential Fellow at the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. He joined the University of Virginia faculty in 2005, and moved from UVA to NYU Law School in 2013.
Mr. Sprigman received his B.A., with honors, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988. He attended the University of Chicago Law School, serving as a comment editor of the University of Chicago Law Review and graduated with honors in 1993.