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Jim Burger


Washington, D.C.
202 585 6909 direct

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 nonprofit 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.

Thompson Coburn Publications

Participate in standard-setting bodies? The enforceability of your patents could be affected

9th Circuit’s VidAngel decision vindicates lawful video filtering service

Micro UAS Committee charts bold new course for FAA treatment of smaller unmanned aircraft

Senate committee examines unmanned aircraft system safety, privacy concerns

TPP accord faces uncertain future in Congress

And on that farm he had a drone: UAS deployment in precision agriculture

Small Business Committee holds hearing to explore commercial drone operations

FAA grants exemption for large crop-spraying unmanned aircraft

Section 333 at 200 days: Where are we now?

Amazon Prime Air closer to takeoff: FAA grants Internet giant's request for drone ‘exemption’ and experimental certificate

Final approach: FAA announces long-awaited small UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

FAA settles trail-blazing drone case for $1,100

Electronic waste rules could help thwart flow of counterfeit parts

Counterfeits can kill U.S. troops. So why isn't Congress and DoD doing more to stop it?


The Grinch loses and protection of parody wins

The Grinch that stole fair use?

Copyright Office changes procedures for DMCA agent designations


Moderator, "Inventing TV 3.0: Defining the Set Top, Connected TV, Tablet & Smartphone Downloadable Consumer Experience";
2013 International CES, Las Vegas, NV, January 9, 2013

Keynote speaker, "Consumer Drawbacks of Cloud-Delivered Content: Privacy, Reliability, Security Issues";
2013 International CES, Las Vegas, NV, January 9, 2013

"After the Ordeal: Public Policy in the Post-SOPA/PIPA World";
Copyright and Technology NYC 2012 Conference, December 5, 2012


President Trump signs bill approving commemorative coin to benefit client FIRST

DCP wins important copyright case

Jim Burger re-elected to the SMPTE Board of Governors

Thompson Coburn attorneys to speak at Digital Hollywood

Jim Burger elected to SMPTE Board of Governors

Thompson Coburn again named best copyright firm in the nation

Thompson Coburn brief provides key underpinning for major 9th Circuit copyright ruling

Congratulations to our 14 'Lawyers of the Year' for 2018

Thompson Coburn's lobbying group honored as among the top in the nation

Congratulations to our 8 ‘Lawyers of the Year’

Jim Burger leads panels at 2014 ‘Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age’

Jim Burger writes about counterfeits for Defense One

Jim Burger a featured speaker, moderator at ‘Entertainment Technology in the Internet Age’

Lobbying & Policy group revs up with first three clients

Thompson Coburn launches new bipartisan Lobbying & Policy group in Washington, D.C.