Mark Traphagen

Mark Traphagen is a member of the adjunct faculty of the Washington College of Law, where he has taught International and Comparative Trademark Law since 2007. He is the U.S. contributing author to the treatise Copyright Throughout the World, and is a frequent speaker on trademark and copyright law. His most recent presentations explore the role of trademarks and copyright in online virtual worlds.

Professor Traphagen also practices trademark, unfair competition, and copyright law at Traphagen Law PLLC, where he counsels clients in media, manufacturing, food and beverage, and other creative and brand-intensive fields. His notable engagements include representing clients in World Trade Organization dispute settlement proceedings, implementation of the 1995 U.S.-China Intellectual Property Rights Memorandum of Understanding, the diplomatic conference on the 1996 WIPO Copyright Treaty, and Congressional enactment of the 1998 Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

Professor Traphagen served on the steering committee of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Conference on Educational Fair Use (CONFU) and the staff of the U.S. Library of Congress Advisory Committee on Copyright Registration and Deposit (ACCORD), and is a past trustee of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. Professor Traphagen has provided technical assistance on trademark and copyright to emerging economies and developing countries through the U.S. Information Agency, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Global Intellectual Property Academy, and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Professor Traphagen is trademark and copyright counsel to Street Law, Inc., which promotes understanding of law and civil society in the United States and overseas. He is a recipient of the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts Award for Outstanding Attorney and the Rotary International Paul Harris Award.

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