For more than 30 years, Jim has provided intellectual property counseling, communications, and government relations support to the information technology industry. He has worked extensively on legal and policy issues arising from the intersection of digital technology, intellectual property protection, communications, and government regulation. Jim has represented the Computer Industry Group and other information technology entities in efforts to secure copy protection rules for DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and digital music downloads. He has also represented technology clients before the Administration, Congress, and the FCC regarding the Digital TV Transition, the Broadcast Flag, domestic copyright legislation, and international agreements affecting U.S. intellectual property law.
Jim has worked with clients on amending the Copyright Act as well as leading information technology industry negotiations to exclude the computer industry from the Audio Home Recording Act, to avoid passage of the Digital Video Recording Act, to limit the reach of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and to prevent passage of analog hole legislation. In addition, he has worked with the semiconductor industry in its successful efforts to pass legislation to intercept dangerous counterfeit semiconductors at the border. Jim stays up to date on the ever-changing technology of today and tomorrow. Currently, he is guiding companies through the complex legal and technical aspects of the relatively new ultra HD format.
Also on the legislative side, Jim helped a STEM-related non-profit organization secure the inclusion of language in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for several provisions, including a STEM master teacher corps program in Title II, the expansion of 21st century community learning centers, and funding for student robotics competitions.
Clients have described Jim as an "invaluable resource" who is "uniquely able to translate complex technology issues into language that policymakers understand" and who gives clients clear explanations of the options before them.