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Michele J. Woods

United States Copyright Office
Senior Counsel for Policy & International Affairs
Washington, DC, USA


Michele Woods is Senior Counsel for Policy and International Affairs in the Office of Policy and International Affairs at the United States Copyright Office. The Office of Policy and International Affairs assists the Register of Copyrights in advising the US Congress and executive branch agencies on domestic and international copyright policy matters, and represents the Copyright Office in U.S. government delegations to international organizations including the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and in meetings and negotiations with foreign governments. Ms. Woods is currently responsible for the regions of Europe, Russia, and the former Soviet republics.

Prior to joining the Copyright Office in March 2009, Ms. Woods was in private practice in Washington, D.C., most recently as Counsel in the Intellectual Property and Technology group at Arnold & Porter LLP. Ms. Woods focused on copyright law and has experience in a wide range of domestic and international copyright policy, legislative, litigation and counseling matters on behalf of copyright rights holders and users in a variety of industries. Before joining the Copyright Office, Ms. Woods litigated extensively and appeared before numerous federal courts, the Copyright Royalty Board, the former Copyright Arbitration Royalty Panels and Copyright Royalty Tribunal, and various international organizations including the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva.

Ms. Woods received her J.D. and LL.M (International and Comparative Law) degrees from the Duke University School of Law.  She is also a graduate of Princeton University (A.B.) and Oxford University (M.St.).  Since 2003, Ms. Woods has been an adjunct professor at the Catholic University School of Law, where she teaches an upper-level seminar on international intellectual property.
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