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Model Policy Fellow discusses intellectual property, promotes government service

December 18, 2017

By Jordan Andrews C’20

This fall as part of the Leo Model Foundation Government and Public Affairs Initiative, Penn Law welcomed Shira Perlmutter L’83 to the Law School as a Policy Fellow. As the Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Perlmutter’s expertise spans policy advising, legislative engagement, global advocacy, and economic analysis.

At a Career Lunch on October 12, Perlmutter sat down with Penn Law students and faculty to describe her professional journey and provide insights on how to break into various fields. Along with a discussion of the USTPO, Perlmutter spoke about her prior experience as Executive Vice President for Global and Legal Policy at the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. She also drew on her experience from her tenure at Time Warner (where she served as Vice President and Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property Policy) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (where she served as a consultant on copyright issues in electronic commerce). She was the guest speaker at a dinner honoring the Leo Model Foundation’s Government Summer Fellows.

On November 6, Perlmutter returned to campus to give a guest lecture to Professor Cynthia Dahl’s Detkin Intellectual Property & Technology Legal Clinic and give a talk to the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition (CTIC), where she spoke about the role of the U.S. in the International Intellectual Property System.

Perlmutter’s contributions to the Penn Law community during these two visits were abundant: through career advice and substantive lectures, she shared with students and faculty her wealth of expertise and experience, and she showcased the impact of government service as a lawyer. 

Learn more about the Leo Model Foundation Government and Public Affairs Initiative Fellows Program and to read about past fellows.