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Steve Tepp

Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Steve Tepp is the chief intellectual property counsel for the Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Tepp, who joined the Chamber in July 2010, provides expert legal counsel across the GIPC at the strategic and operational levels. He is also is responsible for leading the GIPC's efforts, long term and short term, foreign and domestic, to reduce trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy, especially in the digital and online environments.

Previously, Tepp served as senior counsel for Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Copyright Office, where he negotiated numerous free trade agreements and, most recently, played a major role in drafting and negotiating the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. Tepp had principal responsibility for all copyright matters in the Asia-Pacific and Latin America regions and litigated the U.S.-China IPR dispute before the World Trade Organization. He also worked on domestic legislative matters and litigated many federal court cases. Tepp co-authored the Copyright Office's Digital Millennium Copyright Act Section 104 Report to Congress (2001), as well as its 2003 and 2006 Section 1201 Rulemakings.

Earlier in his career, Tepp was an attorney for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on the staff of the chairman, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), specializing in intellectual property. Collectively, Tepp has been in or around every copyright-related matter before the U.S. Congress since the mid-1990s.

Tepp taught copyright law at the Georgetown University Law Center and the George Mason University Law School. He is a graduate of American University's Washington College of Law and received his undergraduate degree from Colgate University.

He resides in Virginia with his wife and children.


Biography last updated January 9, 2012