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Published on: 8/2/2013

IP and Lobbying & Policy partner Jim Burger was a featured instructor at a two-week summer school offered to foreign intellectual property attorneys and professions. The summer workshop program is jointly organized by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the World Intellectual Property Organization, a United Nations agency dedicated to the worldwide application of intellectual property law.

The summer school sessions give senior law students and young professionals from around the world deeper knowledge of intellectual property issues from "eminent experts in the field of copyright and related rights." The programs also help attendees learn more about copyright as a tool for economic, social, cultural and technological development.

Jim joined a July 30 panel titled, "How Copyright Works in the Film and Television Industries: Business Models, Licensing, and Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Age." The session was moderated by Ben Golant, an attorney advisor at USPTO. Jim's fellow panelists were attorney Robert Garrett of Arnold & Porter and Troy Dow, vice president and counsel for IP legal policy and strategy at The Walt Disney Company.

Jim detailed the information technology industry's viewpoint of copyright developments in the video device market, including recent litigation over "auto-hop" devices that allow subscribers to skip commercials during primetime programming. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals just issued a decision on the Hopper case last week. Associate Adam Wolek analyzed the Ninth Circuit opinion in the latest "Inside IP" newsletter.