Michael Schlesinger
email: schlesin@iipa.com

International Intellectual Property Alliance

1818 N Street, NW, 8th Floor

Washington, DC  20036

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MICHAEL SCHLESINGER represents the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), a private sector coalition of seven U.S. trade associations which represent over 3,200 companies producing and distributing materials protected by copyright laws throughout the world, including: all types of computer software, including business applications software and entertainment software (such as videogame discs and cartridges, personal computer CD-ROMs, and multimedia products); theatrical films, television programs, DVDs and home video and digital representations of audiovisual works; music, records, CDs, and audiocassettes; and fiction and non-fiction books, education instructional and assessment materials, and professional and scholarly journals, databases and software in all formats. Michael monitors copyright law and enforcement developments worldwide, focusing on activities and issues in Greater China, Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

In addition to his IIPA representation, Michael is Of Counsel to the law firm of Mitchell, Silberberg & Knupp LLP, specializing in international copyright law and trademark law and trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights protection. Michael works extensively with U.S. government officials and foreign government counterparts on negotiating and implementing global IP agreements and emerging IP standards, and engaging in capacity building in the area of IP and trade. Michaelís media appearances on international copyright include Bloomberg, public television, and Voice of America. Michael is Professorial Lecturer of Law at George Washington University Law School teaching International Copyright Law.

Michaelís publications include: Through the Lens of TRIPS Enforcement Text and WIPO ďInternetĒ Treaties: The Possible Shift to a Creative Economy in Southeast Asia, in Christoph Antons Ed., Copyright Law in Southeast Asia, Kluwer Law Books (2011); Legal Issues in Peer to Peer File Sharing Focusing on the Making Available Right, in Alain Strowel Ed., Peer to Peer File Sharing and Secondary Liability in Copyright Law, Edward Elgar (2009); Exceptions and Limitations on the Prohibition of Circumvention of Technological Protection Measures, ALAI 2001 Congress (2001); Copyright and the Information Revolution in the Arab World, Georgetown University, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (2001); Crimes of Copyright Infringement Explained: the Prospect for Strong Judicial Enforcement Against Copyright Infringement, in Mark Cohen Ed., Chinese Intellectual Property Law and Practice, Kluwer Law Books (1999); and Intellectual Property Law in China, Parts 1 and 2, East Asian Executive Reports (1997).

Michael is a graduate of the Columbia University School of Law (J.D.) and Oberlin College (A.B.). He is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bars. Michael has been admitted to the courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the District of Columbia, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Michael has several charitable causes the Washington Ballet and the Washington Chorus. Michaelís hobbies include acting (recently engaged in Arena Stageís production of The Music Man; also appearing in House of Cards (NetFlix) and Killing Kennedy (National Geographic Channel), singing with the Washington Chorus, and composing.


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