Two Ropes & Gray Attorneys Testified on Capitol Hill on Issues Impacting Technology Companies

Practices: Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation, FinTech, Technology, Media & Telecommunications

On July 18, IP litigation partner Peter Brody (Washington, D.C.) testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet in a hearing titled “Counterfeits and Cluttering: Emerging Threats to the Integrity of the Trademark System and the Impact on American Consumers and Businesses.”  Appearing on behalf of the International Trademark Association (INTA), Mr. Brody testified in support of legislation proposed by INTA to restore the rebuttable presumption of irreparable harm in injunctive proceedings in cases involving trademark counterfeiting, infringement, dilution, false advertising, and cybersquatting.

Seperately, Marta Belcher, an attorney focusing on blockchain and emerging technologies in Ropes & Gray’s Silicon Valley office, spoke at a U.S. Congress roundtable on July 18 titled “The State of Blockchain Technology and Digital Assets” that included representatives from the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Commerce.

Ms. Belcher also attended the House Financial Services Committee hearing on Facebook’s digital currency project, Libra, and a dinner with members of Congress as well as an event hosted by the Blockchain Association.

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