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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.

• 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

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 is an intellectual property attorney with Taylor English specializing in the intersection of computer technology and law. He has been named one of "America's Top 12 Techiest Attorneys" by the American Bar Association Journal and was recognized as one of the world's top IP strategists by Intellectual Asset Management magazine. He speaks on everything from community dynamics to graph theory, and has testified in Congressional proceedings as an expert on both copyright and encryption policy.

Van has particular expertise in the area of open source, where he has been involved since 1994. Since then he has worked extensively describing both the law and the economics of open source. He is the author of O’Reilly’s “Intellectual Property and Open Source,” and co-editor of the Open Source casebook.

Aside from open source, Van counsels companies on patent and copyright issues, including high-stakes IP litigation and inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. He is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection of IP with machine learning and privacy, advising the world's top automakers (and self-driving car companies) on their strategies.

Van currently serves as outside general counsel and member of the board of the Python Software Foundation. He was previously chairman of the Python Software Foundation, on the board of the OpenStack Foundation, and was the first chair of the Docker Governance Advisory Board.

Outside of the law, Van’s hobby is using natural language processing and graph theory to digest and map the U.S. Patent Database. His favorite computer language is Python.