Podcast by Hugh Hansen
Episode 17: Annsley Ward
In this episode, Hugh sits down with Annsley Merelle Ward, who has become well-known beyond her years. She recently became Counsel in Intellectual Property Litigation at WilmerHale in London and has been writing for IPKat since 2009.
They discuss a number of issues and experiences, including:
- Annsley’s nomadic upbringing in the U.S. and U.K;
- Why the Napster litigation sparked her interest in intellectual property law;
- Memories from her first one-on-one meeting with Sir Hugh Laddie, her University College London thesis supervisor;
- Her views on harmonization in the European system and the remaining differences in approach to IP within Europe;
- Annsley’s thoughts and strategies on where and when to bring an action;
- The overlooked importance of considering international effects and implications of legal actions.
Episode 16: He Jing
In this episode, Hugh sits down with He Jing, an experienced practitioner for over 20 years. He has specialized in complex litigation in China involving IP, antitrust and policy advocacy. He started his legal career as a US patent attorney and spent 9 years in a major international law firm before starting his private practice in China. Hugh and He Jing discuss a number of issues, including:
- He Jing’s upbringing in China and his time spent in the U.S.;
- The founding of his own law firm;
- The development of the Chinese IP system;
- The growing importance of multilateral agreements for China; and
- What the future holds with respect to IP rights and antitrust in China.
Episode 15: Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Richard Arnold
Episode 15: Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Richard Arnold by Hugh Hansen
Episode 14: Brad Smith
In this episode, Hugh sits down with Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer of Microsoft, and co-author of the book Tools and Weapons: The Promise and Peril of the Digital Age (2019). Prior to joining Microsoft in 1993, he clerked in the Southern District of New York and then was in practice with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. and London.
Brad and Hugh discuss a number of issues, including:
1) Brad’s growing up in Wisconsin;
2) his clerkship and Covington & Burling experiences;
3) his foray into IP and how it led to his career at Microsoft;
4) the present and future impact of AI technologies and its practical and ethical implications.
Addendum: You can obtain a copy of Brad’s book, “Tools and Weapons: The Promise and Peril of the Digital Age" at https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/604709/tools-and-weapons-by-brad-smith-and-carol-ann-browne/.
Episode Thirteen: Judge Jed Rakoff
In this episode, Hugh sits down with Jed S. Rakoff, who for close to 25 years has been a federal district court judge in the District Court for the Southern District of New York. Before that he spent several years in private practice and seven years as a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
They discuss a number of issues and experiences, including Judge Rakoff’s:
- Upbringing in Philadelphia;
- Time as a white collar criminal defense lawyer and Chief of Business and Fraud Prosecutions in the U.S. Attorney’s Office;
- Longtime experience as a federal judge, including views on jury trials and the value of oral arguments;
- Views on the death penalty and problems with federal sentencing guidelines and mandatory minimum sentences; and
- Work with the Department of Commerce in training foreign judges in international commercial law.
Episode Twelve: Francis Gurry
In this episode, Hugh sits down with Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He has served in this role since October 2008 and will finish his second term this month.
Their discussion features a variety of global IP topics including:
1) Origins of WIPO in the late-1800s and its efforts to promote international cooperation while balancing political tensions;
2) Future of multilateral IP treaties and bilateral agreements;
3) Impacts of Brexit and German courts on the EU’s Unitary Patent System;
4) AI and its effects;
5) Social media and IP, e.g. failure of Parliament and Congress to adopt SOPA and ACTA;
6) Perspectives on the future of IP development.