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Google v. Oracle: What's Next for Copyright?


Speaker(s): Charles Duan, Nancy E. Wolff, Van Lindberg
Recorded on: May. 6, 2021
PLI Program #: 326673

Charles Duan focuses his research on intellectual property issues.

He was previously director of technology and innovation policy at the R Street Institute and director of the patent reform project at Public Knowledge, where he handled all aspects of patent policy ranging from outreach on the Hill to writing white papers and filing amicus briefs. Prior to this, he was a research associate to Professor Paul Ohm on a National Science Foundation-funded project that investigated the policy implications of newly proposed internet architectures. He also worked as a patent attorney at Knobbe Martens.

Charles is the author of A Five Part Plan for Patent Reform (2014).

He received his associate bachelor’s degree in computer science from Harvard College and his JD from Harvard Law School.

Charles lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, two kids and their cat.


Nancy E. Wolff is a member of the intellectual property, media and entertainment law firm of Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard, LLP located in New York, New York and Beverly Hills, CA. Nancy provides unique legal services for individual creators and multimedia companies of all sizes. Experienced in copyright, trademark and digital media law, Nancy offers full legal support to a wide range of traditional and digital media clients. 

Operating almost as an in-house lawyer, Nancy advises her clients on the registration and protection of intellectual property in the area of copyright and trademark, advises when releases are necessary under various publicity laws, and how to promote the client’s products and services without running afoul of the many advertising and privacy rules that are developing. She advises on creative ways to structure deals, make acquisitions or sell properties; reviews licensing and services agreements, as well as offering support to resolve any kind of legal dispute. While she explores the potential to resolve disputes amicably, with the aim to reach a fair settlement as efficiently as possible, if the enforcement or protection of her clients’ rights requires legal intervention, she is a strong and dedicated advocate for her client. She represents trade associations in advocating to changes to Federal copyright law as well as state laws that affect he various licensing industries.

ASSOCIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES
• Copyright Society of the USA (CSUSA), Immediate Past President
• American Bar Association (ABA), Intellectual Property Section; Committee on Copyright and Technology and Visual Arts and Dramatic Works Committee, and member of Intellectual Property Section Task Force on Copyright Reform,
• Media Law Resource Center (MLRC), member
• Section 108 Study Group, convened by the Library of Congress, and charged with updating the Copyright Act, previous member

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
Chambers & Partners USA, “Intellectual Property: Trade Mark & Copyright –New York,” 2017-2018
Managing IP, “Top 250 Women in IP, ” 2018/19
• New York Metro Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers, 2013-2017
• “Top 50: Women New York — Metro” Super Lawyers, 2015-2017
• “Picture Professional of the Year,” The American Society of Picture Professionals, 2007


Van Lindberg focuses on intellectual property, copyright, open source and government policy and practice.

Mr. Lindberg specializes in the intersection of technology and law, and was named one of “America’s top 12 Techiest Attorneys” by the American Bar Association Journal in 2012. He is invited to speak regularly on topics ranging from community dynamics to graph theory. Mr. Lindberg has also testified in Congressional proceedings as an expert on both copyright and encryption policy. 

Mr. Lindberg has accrued significant expertise and experience in the area of open source, addressing the business, legal, economic and social aspects of engaging with open source communities. He is the author of the book “Intellectual Property and Open Source” a developer-focused guide to intellectual property issues that has been used as a textbook for teaching the concepts of intellectual property and open source licensing. 

In addition to open source, Mr. Lindberg represents a variety of companies for high-stakes IP litigation and inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Mr. Lindberg has organized employee agreements creating greater employee satisfaction and promoting a higher level of compliance with internal policies and led teams through successful mergers and acquisitions and restructurings.