Intellectual Property

12th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture - Event Audio/Video

2012 National Lawyers Convention
Peter Thiel, Eugene B. Meyer November 20, 2012

12th Annual Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture - Event Audio/VideoOn September 11, 2001, at the age of 45 and at the height of her professional and personal life, Barbara K. Olson was murdered in the terrorist attacks against the United States as a passenger on the hijacked American Airlines flight that was flown into the Pentagon. The Federalist Society established this annual lecture in Barbara's memory because of her enormous contributions as an active member, supporter, and volunteer leader. Solicitor General Theodore B. Olson delivered the first lecture in November 2001. The lecture series continued in following years with other notable individuals. In 2012, Technology Entrepreneur, Investor, and Philanthropist Peter A. Thiel delivered the lecture. He was introduced by Mr. Eugene B. Meyer, President of the Federalist Society.

Barbara K. Olson Memorial Lecture
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Grand Ballroom

  • Mr. Peter A. Thiel, Technology Entrepreneur, Investor, and Philanthropist
  • Moderator: Mr. Eugene B. Meyer, President, The Federalist Society

Mayflower Hotel
Washington, DC

A Contrarian View of Intellectual Property Protection in the Genomics Industry

Intellectual Property Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 2, Issue 1, Spring 1998
Clarisa Long May 02, 2011

Biomedical research is undergoing a paradigm shift from gene-centric biology to genome-centric biology that changes the way we think about biological innovation, genetic information, and the way biologists do their work. The shift to genomic-centric biology is creating a hybrid model of discovery and innovation in which the creation of new ideas and products remains the dominant strand but the supply of new inputs such as databases and software are becoming increasingly important to the process of innovation.

A Conversation with Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai - Podcast

Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group Podcast
Ajit V. Pai, Gregory E. Sopkin September 09, 2013

A Conversation with Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai - PodcastAjit Pai was nominated to the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama and on May 7, 2012 was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. He was interviewed by Gregory Sopkin of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP for a Federalist Society Teleforum on current hot topics before the Commission. Topics included incentive auctions, federal spectrum, the IP transition, process reform, and media ownership. Commissioner Pai's goal in all of these areas is to create a regulatory environment in which competition and innovation will flourish, and he seeks to shape regulation that gives private firms the strongest incentive to raise and invest capital; to develop new products and services; and to compete in established and new markets. Specifically, Commissioner Pai is working to remove uncertainty that can deter businesses and investors from taking risks, to revisit outdated regulations, and to set clear, modernized rules for the road.


  • Hon. Ajit V. Pai, Federal Communications Commission
  • Moderator: Mr. Gregory E. Sopkin, Partner, Wilkinson, Barker, Knauer, LLP

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A Conversation with Federal Trade Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen - Podcast

Telecommunications & Electronic Media Practice Group Podcast
Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Dean A. Reuter December 19, 2013

Maureen OhlhausenMaureen K. Ohlhausen was nominated to the Federal Trade Commission by President Barack Obama and, on March 29, 2012, was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. She will be participate in a Teleforum on the FTC’s activities in the area of consumer privacy, including recent revisions to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Rule.

The rise of sophisticated technologies over the last few years has allowed websites and other online entities to gather and distill large amounts of data about particular internet users. Although there are many efficiency gains from this activity, such as the development of new services and better-targeted advertising, people have also become concerned about possible invasions of privacy from monitoring an individual’s internet activity. Recognizing that children’s online privacy is an especially sensitive area, COPPA prohibits an operator of a website or online service that is directed to children, or who has actual knowledge that it is gathering personal information from a child, from collecting such information without providing notice of its data collection and obtaining verifiable parental consent for it. The FTC recently expanded the COPPA Rule’s coverage to include more types of personal information, such as IP addresses, and to expand the definition of an operator to reach entities that do not collect or use children’s information. Commissioner Ohlhausen addressed how she seeks to balance the FTC’s mandate under Section 5 of the FTC Act to protect consumers against unfair or deceptive acts with the legitimate rights of business to gather and use information for commercial purposes and why she dissented from the FTC’s revision to the COPPA Rule.


  • Maureen Ohlhausen, Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission
  • Moderator: Dean Reuter, Vice President and Director of Practice Groups, The Federalist Society

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Address by Stewart A. Baker - Event Audio/Video

Cyber Security, National Security and Economic Security
Stewart A. Baker, Vincent J. Vitkowsky July 01, 2011

Address by Stewart A. Baker - Event Audio/VideoBoth President Bush and President Obama directed comprehensive reviews of America's cyber security strategy. The current Cyberspace Policy Review concludes that cyber security poses some of the most serious economic and national security challenges of the 21st Century. The challenges include cyber warfare, cyber terrorism, cyber espionage, cyber attacks on defense facilities, critical infrastructure and private companies, and cyber theft of personal data. They give rise to complex and interconnected legal and policy issues, in areas such as the law of armed conflict, privacy and the scope of regulation, which will be addressed at this symposium. The International and National Security Law Practice Group presented this conference on June 28, 2011. The luncheon address was delivered by Mr. Stewart A. Baker of Steptoe & Johnson LLP and former Assistant Secretary for Policy at the Department of Homeland Security. Introduction by Mr. Vincent J. Vitkowsky of Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP.