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Karyn  Temple Claggett

Karyn Temple Claggett

US Copyright Office
Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Policy and International Affairs
Washington, DC, USA

Ms. Temple Claggett is Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Policy and International Affairs.  As Associate Register, she manages the Policy and International Affairs department of the Copyright Office and assists the Register in advising Congress and executive branch agencies on domestic and international matters of copyright law and policy.  Ms. Claggett and her staff also represent the Copyright Office on U.S. government delegations to international organizations, including the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and in meetings and negotiations with foreign governments. 

Before joining the Copyright Office as Senior Counsel in 2011, Ms. Temple Claggett served as Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General of the United States, where she assisted with the formulation of Department of Justice policy on intellectual property and other sensitive legal issues, and helped manage the Department’s Task Force on Intellectual Property. She also held several positions in private practice, including at the law firm Williams & Connolly, LLP and as Vice President, Litigation and Legal Affairs at the Recording Industry Association of America.  Ms. Temple Claggett began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, after which she joined the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division through its prestigious Honors Program.  Ms. Temple Claggett previously served as an elected Steering Committee Member of the D.C. Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section, including several years as Copyright Committee Chair.

Ms. Temple Claggett earned her law degree from Columbia University School of Law, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Senior Editor of the Columbia Law Review and chair of the Columbia Black Law Students Association.  She also holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan.


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