The Monday morning TPI Aspen Forum activities concluded with a special luncheon discussion featuring Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office and Daniel Marti, U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. John Duffy from the University of Virginia School of Law acted as moderator of the discussion.
After short remarks form Director Lee, they discussed a range of intellectual property topics including recent patent reform legislation efforts, proposals to relocate the U.S. Copyright Office, and activities in China concerning moving to an innovation from a manufacturing economy. Video of this discussion can be viewed here.
The Monday night dinner keynote this year was Kelly Merryman, Vice President of Content Partnerships for YouTube. In her speech, Merryman covered the role of YouTube in the creative industries. She discussed YouTube’s use as a platform for original content, such as how-to videos and hugely popular gaming videos (which the author of this post is all too familiar with thanks to her kid). In addition, she discussed how YouTube is used in tandem with traditional media outlets.