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Tod Cohen

Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Global Government Relations, eBay Inc.

Tod Cohen serves as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Global Government Relations, Intellectual Property, Regulatory and Asset Protection for eBay Inc.

Since 2000, Mr. Cohen has been responsible for global public policy for eBay, adding PayPal when it was acquired in 2002. Beginning in 2006, he took on responsibility for eBay's regulatory work, as well as law enforcement affairs and global investigations, which now include an anti-counterfeiting investigations team. His team of over 100 employees includes lawyers, lobbyists, external affairs specialists, and investigators in more than 20 cities around the world. Mr. Cohen also leads eBay Inc's intellectual property group, including brand owner relationships. He opened eBay's first government relations' office in March 2000 in Washington DC and now leads his group from eBay's corporate headquarters in San Jose.

Prior to joining eBay, Mr. Cohen was Vice President and Counsel of New Media for the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA). Before that, Mr. Cohen served as European Vice President and Legal Counsel for the Business Software Alliance in London. He also spent six years as an associate with the Washington law firm, Covington & Burling.

Mr. Cohen formerly served as a member of the U.S. Department of Commerce/U.S. Trade Representative's Industry Trade Advisory Committee for Information and Communications Technologies, Services, and Electronic Commerce. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Free Trade Agreement of the America's Joint Experts' Committee on Electronic Commerce.

Mr. Cohen received his B.A. from the University of Utah in 1985, and his J.D. with Highest Honors from the George Washington University Law School in 1992. Before law school, Mr. Cohen worked as a Congressional aide for four years.


Biography last updated January 14, 2013