2012 Farm Bill - Trade Agenda in Congress - "IP Czar" Report - Domain Suffixes Expansion
March 10, 2011
Hosted by Kevin O'Neill
Join us this week on Capital Thinking with host Kevin O'Neill as he speaks with Nicole Silver, who will forecast the 2012 Farm Bill and key issues to watch as the House and Senate Agriculture Committees prepare for reauthorization. Next, what is the timetable for trade in 2011? Frank Samolis and Scott Thompson will guide us through the trade agenda in Congress, particularly pending free trade agreements and related legislation. Then, Deborah Lodge returns to discuss the important highlights in the first annual report by Victoria Espinel, the government's "IP Czar." The report recognizes that the protection of intellectual property is vital to the country's security and economic growth, and recommends an increase in government resources in this regard. Finally, the Web as we know it will be transformed if top level domains (i.e., .com, .org, etc.) are opened for sale to the right bidder (i.e., .music, .yournamebrandhere, etc.). Susan Billheimer joins us to analyze several scenarios that may result if domain name suffixes are expanded.
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Kevin O’Neill is a partner at Patton Boggs LLP in Washington D.C., the nation’s leading public policy law firm. Patton Boggs began as an international law firm concentrating in global business and trade but has evolved to become a full-service firm with a national presence in every major area of legal representation. In his professional experience, Kevin helps implement federal government relations plans to influence public policy and achieve a client’s strategic business objectives. Kevin’s clients include some of the nation’s most prestigious corporations, associations, colleges and universities, healthcare entities, local governments and transportation authorities. In 2004, he was one of the youngest major fundraisers for the Bush-Cheney reelection campaign. Kevin co-founded and currently serves as President of a bipartisan federal political action committee (PAC). In 2007, Kevin was a candidate for the Republican nomination in a special election in Virginia’s First Congressional District. Kevin has a dual degree in broadcast journalism and history from Syracuse University. Kevin has a law degree from the College of William & Mary, where he was an editor of the law review and is currently the President-Elect of the Law School’s Alumni Association. Kevin is married and lives in Williamsburg, Virginia with his wife and two children.