Michael R. Klipper

       Mr. Klipper is a founding member of the Washington, D.C. law firm of Meyer & Klipper, PLLC. Formed in 1996, Meyer & Klipper, PLLC, focuses on domestic and international copyright issues', Internet, computer and technology matters, public records law issues,  and constitutional law matters.   For more than thirty years, Mr. Klipper has been involved in a litany of intellectual property and constitutional issues, particularly from a legislative perspective. 

        From 1975-82, he served as Judiciary Committee counsel to Senator Charles McC. Mathias, Jr. (R-Md). In that capacity, he advised Senator Mathias on the whole range of issues before the Judiciary Committee, including the Copyright Revision Act of l976 and the Voting Rights Act of 1982.

        Since his departure from the Senate Judiciary Committee staff in l982, Mr. Klipper continued his involvement in intellectual property and constitutional matters. From l982-88 he was in-house counsel to the Motion Picture Association of America, where he dealt with such diverse matters as copyright, communications law, film piracy, trade, and First Amendment issues.

        Subsequently, from l989-91, Mr. Klipper was Of Counsel to the Washington, D.C. law firm of Leventhal, Senter and Lerman where he developed a legislative law component to complement the firm's communications practice. Mr. Klipper left his law practice in l992 to become Vice President, Legal and Governmental Affairs of the Association of American Publishers. At AAP, Mr. Klipper was the point person for devising and implementing the book publishing industry's legislative strategies.

        Mr. Klipper has extensive experience in intellectual property issues and in coordinating legislative coalitions. For example, in the 101st Congress, he served as counsel to the Copyright Remedies Coalition ("CRC"), an ad hoc group that successfully pushed for passage of the Copyright Remedies Clarification Act. More recently, Meyer & Klipper, PLLC has represented a number of copyright entities who appeared as amicus curiae in both Chavez v. Arte Publico Press in the Fifth Circuit and in Florida Prepaid Postsecondary Education Expense Board v. College Savings Bank when it was before the Supreme Court. Currently, Mr. Klipper represents the Property Owners Remedy Alliance, a coalition of copyright interests, who are seeking a legislative response to the recent sovereign immunity/intellectual property judicial rulings. From 1997-2000 Mr. Klipper served as counsel to the Coalition Against Database Piracy which is devoted to pursuing the enactment of a federal database protection law.

       Mr. Klipper is a frequent commenter on intellectual property, constitutional law and public records issues. Among the topics that he has addressed are constitutional challenges to federal intellectual property laws, abrogation of state immunity in intellectual property suits, Section 512 of the Uruguay Round Amendments Act (copyright restoration), the need for, and constitutionality of federal database protection legislation, work-made-for-hire, fair use, copyrightability of software created by federal employees, moral rights, claims of copyright in public record information by government entities, and the implications and legal consequences of the delegating of public record responsibilities by government entities to private parties. 

        Mr. Klipper is a member of the District of Columbia, New York and Massachusetts Bars. He is currently chairman of the Copyright Legislation Committee of the Intellectual Property Section of the American Bar Association. In addition, Mr. Klipper is a past trustee, and current Assistant Treasurer, of the Copyright Society of the United States of America and a former head of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Society. Mr. Klipper is a graduate of Syracuse University (B.A. 1969) and the George Washington National Law Center (J.D. 1972) where he was a member of the Law Review and the Order of the Coif. He received an L.L.M. from Harvard Law School in 1973. 


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