Invasion Of The Idea Snatchers

Invasion Of The Idea Snatchers

July 22, 2002


Invasion of the Idea Snatchers:  Defending Technological and Artistic Innovation

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A Forum on Intellectual Property Rights


When:  Monday, July 22, 2002, 8:00 am – 2:00 pmWhere:  Senate Caucus Room, Rm. 325 Russell Senate Office Building


Much current public policy debate is swirling around issues of intellectual property.  Whether it’s downloading music, movies, software or other copyrighted material with Napster, Kazaa or Gnutella; legislative attempts to control drug costs through weakening pharmaceutical patents; or AIDS activists demanding free prescription drugs, intellectual property is under attack politically and economically, at home and abroad.


The U.S. currently produces 43 percent of the world’s creative output.  What will happen if Congress or other countries significantly undermine the intellectual property protections that give our artists, actors, writers, scientists and researchers the incentive to create?  Does intellectual property protection stifle competition and increase prices?  Or does it encourage competition, expand knowledge and strengthen the economy?


The Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Institute for Policy Innovation are assembling experts from the “creative” industries to address these questions.  Representatives from the software, hardware, pharmaceutical and entertainment industries will discuss the role and importance of intellectual property.  Others will explain what is happening internationally, and prospects for the future.


Many of the upcoming legislative and judicial battles will revolve around these issues.  To understand them better, attend this forum.


Speakers/Panelists include:


  • Richard A. Epstein, University of Chicago Law School, James Parker Hall Professor, Distinguished Service Professor of Law
  • Susan O. Mann, Microsoft, Federal Government Affairs Manager
  • Robert A. Armitage, Eli Lilly & Co., Vice-President and General Patent Counsel, Lilly Research Laboratories.
  • Fritz Attaway, Motion Picture Association of America, General Counsel
  • Jeffrey Lawrence, Intel, Lead Attorney for Intel’s Content Protection Program
  • Michael K. Kirk, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Executive Director
  • Jonathan Zuck, Association for Competitive Technology, Executive Director
  • Q. Todd Dickinson, former Director of U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; Partner & Co-Chair of Howrey Simon Arnold & White’s Intellectual Property Practice

**For a more details, visit our website at  This event is free of charge but reservations are necessary.  For more information or to RSVP please contact Maura McGonigle at (202) 331-1010 or




8:00 am – 9:00 am – Registration/Continental Breakfast


9:00 am – 9:10 am – Welcome


9:10 am – 9:30 am – Overview of Intellectual Property World

  • Q. Todd Dickinson

9:30 am – 10:30 am – Industry Panel

  • Software:  Susan O. Mann, Microsoft
  • Entertainment:  Fritz Attaway, MPAA
  • Hardware:  Jeffrey Lawrence, Intel
  • Pharmaceutical:  Robert A. Armitage, Eli Lilly

10:30 am – 10:45 am – Break


10:45 am – 11:45 am – Q&A with Industry Panel

  • Moderators James V. DeLong, CEI, and Dr. Merrill Matthews, IPI, pose hardball questions to panelists
  • Audience questions

11:45 am – 12:30 pm – International Dimensions of Intellectual Property

  • Michael K. Kirk, AIPLA
  • Jonathan Zuck, Assoc. for Competitive Technology

12:30 pm – 1:45 pm – Lunch/Lunch Speaker

  • Richard A. Epstein, Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School

Speaker bios:


Richard A. Epstein received a B.A. in philosophy summa cum laude from Columbia in 1964.  He received a B.A. in law with first class honors from Oxford University in 1966, and an LL.B., cum laude, from Yale Law School in 1968.  Upon his graduation he joined the faculty at the University of Southern California, where he taught until 1972.  In 1972 he visited the University of Chicago and became a regular member of the faculty the next year.  In 1982 he was named James Parker Hall Professor and Distinguished Service Professor in 1988.  Mr. Epstein has written extensively in many legal areas.


Susan Mann joined Microsoft in late April as a Federal Government Affairs Manager.  Prior to joining Microsoft, Susan worked for 9 years as a principal in the lobby firm of Griffin, Johnson, Dover, & Stewart, where she represented clients in the music and film industries.  Susan has also served as Administrator for the Office of Legislative and International Affairs at the Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Department of Commerce, and as Attorney-Advisor in the same office.  While at the Department, she participated in numerous multilateral and bilateral intellectual property negotiations and also served as an advisor on legislative and policy initiatives affecting the trade aspects of, and the protection of, intellectual property rights.  Ms. Mann has focused on legislative and copyright matters as an associate of the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison in Washington, DC.  She has also served as a legislative/regulatory analyst with a trade association and as a congressional staffer.


Fritz Attaway is currently the Executive Vice President and Washington General Counsel for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA).  Mr. Attaway joined MPAA in 1976 and was made a vice president in 1978.  Before joining MPAA, Mr. Attaway served as Attorney-Advisor in the Cable Television Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission.  Mr. Attaway received a B.A., with honors, in 1968 from The College of Idaho and a J.D. in 1973 from the University of Chicago where he was awarded a National Honors Scholarship.  From 1968-1970 Mr. Attaway served in the U.S. Army as an airdrop specialist for the 10th Special Forces Group.  In addition to his duties at MPAA, Mr. Attaway is an officer of the Motion Picture Association, which represents MPAA member companies abroad, and serves on the board of directors of the Copyright Collective of Canada.  He currently serves on the Industry Sector Advisory Committee for Services which advises the Executive Branch on services issues relating to international trade.  He is also currently a member of the Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy on the U.S. State Department.


Jeffrey Lawrence has been with Intel for five years where he has served as Lead Attorney to the Intel Architecture Labs, Director of Standards and Industry Consortia, Senior Corporate Licensing Attorney, Chair of the Copyright Practice Group, and most recently Lead Attorney for Intel’s Content Protection Programs.  Prior to joining Intel, Jeff spent 2 years with the Japanese law firm Anderson Mori in Tokyo, Japan, where he experienced a colorful array of intellectual property issues with an international flavor, and 4 years with Preston Gates and Ellis in Portland, Oregon, where he focused on business and litigation matters.  Jeff graduated Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif, from BYU in 1991, and Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Washington in 1987.  Jeff and his partner, Lora, currently live with their five children (ages 5-16) in Troutdale, Oregon.


Bob Armitage joined Eli Lilly and Co. in October of 1999 as Vice President and General Patent Counsel, Lilly Research Laboratories.  Mr. Armitage was chief Intellectual Property counsel for The Upjohn Company from 1983 to 1993.  He has served as an adjunct professor of law at George Washington University Law School and a partner with Vinson & Elkins LLP (1993-1999).  He is currently Chair of the National Council of Intellectual Property Law Associations, and a member of the board of directors of both Intellectual Property Owners and the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation.  Mr. Armitage is an honors graduate of the University of Michigan Law School.  He received an M.S. degree in physics from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. degree from Albion College.


Michael K. Kirk is the Executive Director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), a position in which he has served since 1995.  Prior to joining AIPLA, Mike served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Deputy Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, capping off a career of more than 30 years in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  While at USPTO, he led and served on numerous U.S. government intellectual property delegations to meetings conducted under the auspices of the World Trade Organization, the World Intellectual Property Organization, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, as well as on bilateral negotiations on intellectual property and trade matters.  He was the Chief U.S. Negotiator on TRIPS from 1990 until the conclusion of the Uruguay Round.  Mr. Kirk received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law School, his Masters in Public Administration from Indiana University and his undergraduate degree from The Citadel.


Jonathan Zuck, is President of the Association for Competitive Technology (ACT).  As President of ACT, Mr. Zuck has provided analysis, commentary and background information on a wide range of technology issues to the media, the public, and Congress.  He is a sought after expert for the major news networks, national and local radio news programs and is consistently quoted in the trade and popular press.  Prior to joining ACT, Mr. Zuck served as Director of Technical Services at the Spectrum Technology Group in Washington, DC.  In 1988, Mr. Zuck founded and served as President of User Friendly, Inc., of Washington, DC.  He also set up U.S. operations for a French software firm where he helped build the company into an $11 million business.  In 1996 Mr. Zuck joined Financial Dynamics as Vice President of Technology where his leadership helped position the firm for a strategic combination with the Spectrum Technology Group in November of 1997.  In early 2000, Mr. Zuck was asked to serve on the Advisory Board of Net Compete Now, a coalition dedicated to promoting competition and consumer choice of high-speed Internet access.  In late 1999, Jonathan founded Americans for Technology Leadership, a grassroots coalition designed to give consumers who favor limited regulation of the tech sector, a voice in public policy debates.


Q. Todd Dickenson, is Partner and Co-Chair of Howrey Simon Arnold & White’s Intellectual Property Practice.  He has more than 25 years of experience in all aspects of Intellectual Property law and public policy, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.  Prior to joining Howrey, Mr. Dickinson was Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  At the USPTO, Mr. Dickinson was principal policy advisor to the President of the United States on all intellectual property matters.  Moreover, he was responsible for all international intellectual property policy issues on behalf of the U.S. government.  Additionally, he taught individual courses at George Washington University, Georgetown University, George Mason University, University of Pittsburgh, and Tokyo University.  Mr. Dickinson received his J.D. from University of Pittsburgh in 1977 and his B.S. from Allegheny College in 1974.


Moderator bios:


James V. DeLong is currently a Senior Fellow of CEI, working on the Project on Technology and Innovation.  Before joining CEI, Mr. DeLong was Vice-President and General Counsel of the National Legal Center for Public Interest.  Prior to that, he was an independent consultant, lawyer, and writer, concentrating on antitrust, intellectual and other property rights, economic regulation of business and environmental issues.  His book, Property Matters:  How Property Rights Are Under Assault—And Why You Should Care, was published by the Free Press in March 1997.  Mr. DeLong is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, where he was Book Review Editor of the Harvard Law Review, and a cum laude graduate of Harvard College.


Dr. Merrill Matthews, Jr. is a visiting scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation where he specializes in health care, Social Security, welfare and Internet Issues.  He is past president of the Health Economics Roundtable for the National Association for Business Economics and health policy advisor for the American Legislative Exchange Council.  Dr. Matthews serves as the medical ethicist for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Institutional Review Board for Human Experimentation.  He is also a “Brain Trust” columnist for Investor’s Business Daily and has been published by numerous journals and newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, USA Today and The Washington Times.  He is a political analyst for USA Radio Network and an occasional commentator for National Public Radio.  He has contributed chapters to 2 recently published books:  Physician Assisted Suicide:  Expanding the Debate (Routledge, 1998) and The 21st Century Health Care Leader (Josey-Bass, 1998).  Dr. Matthews received his Ph.D. in Philosophy and Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas.