Edward P. Murphy is leaving his post as president/CEO of the National Music Publishers' Assn.
- NEW YORK -- A strong advocate for songwriters' and music publishers' rights is retiring from the National Music Publishers' Assn. (NMPA).
Edward P. Murphy is leaving his post as president/CEO when his contract expires on Dec. 31. He served the trade organization for nearly a quarter of its 87-year history.
Representing more than 800 U.S. members, the NMPA is music publishers' advocate in Congress, the courts and international meeting rooms. Its Harry Fox Agency (HFA) subsidiary acts as licensing agent for more than 27,000 publishers' mechanical and other rights.
Murphy joined the NMPA in 1983 as executive VP. In 1984, he was elected HFA president, and the following year added the title of NMPA president/CEO. When leadership of the NMPA and HFA split in 2000, he remained chief of the NMPA.
Murphy's responsibilities through the years have included working with publisher members, lobbyists, members of Congress and foreign rights societies. Under the auspices of the NMPA, Murphy founded the International Copyright Conference, where rights societies from several countries get together informally to share information and experiences.
During his NMPA tenure, Murphy also served on the advisory board of the International Intellectual Property Alliance and was an advisory member of the Bureau International des Societies Gerant les Droits D'Enregistrement et de Reproduction Mechanique (BIEM). He was also an associate member of Confederation Internationale des Docietes D'auteurs et Compositeure (CISAC), a member of the International Copyright Panel of the U.S. Advisory Committee on International Intellectual Property and a board member of the Latin American Congress of Music Publishers.
Prior to joining the NMPA, Murphy was president of G. Schirmer, a pre-eminent American music publishing house.
NMPA's executive committee is engaging a firm to search for candidates to fill Murphy's position.
The NMPA hopes to have a short list of candidates to interview in September or October, says chairman Irwin Z. Robinson. "It would be great if we could have someone ready in November," he says.
- WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Stephen M. Pinkos will serve as Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and as Deputy Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Pinkos, appointed by Commerce Secretary Don Evans on Aug. 8, previously served as staff director and deputy general counsel for the House Judiciary Committee. He worked with the chairman and general counsel to plan and execute the committee's overall agenda, including issues related to intellectual property law, free trade agreements, immigration law, criminal and constitutional law, antitrust law and civil liability reform.
He also worked on USPTO reauthorization and modernization, intellectual property piracy, Madrid protocol implementation, copyright arbitration, Webcasting and database protection. On the legislative front, he was involved with the patent re-examination reform bills of 2002 and the TEACH Act in 2002, which clarified rules governing the use of copyrighted works online by educational entities.
From 1998 to 2001, Pinkos served Judiciary Chairman Hyde as counsel, and from 1995 to 1998, he served as legislative assistant and then legislative director for Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. During that time, Pinkos worked on several intellectual property bills, including the Fairness in Music Licensing Act, the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, the Satellite Home Viewers Act and the American Inventors Protection Act.
Pinkos earned a B.A. degree in political science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1992 and a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago in 1995. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar.
- NEW YORK -- The intellectual property firm of Robin, Blecker & Daley has merged into Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.(CLL) in New York. This merger brings trademark, copyright and unfair competition attorney Albert Robin, electrical patent attorney John J. Torrente and two patent associates, Alexandra B. Urban and Anastasia Zhadina, to the firm.
Three additional attorneys are joining the firm from Stamford, Conn.-based St. Onge Steward Johnston & Reens. They are electrical patent attorney Eugene L. Flanagan III and trademark, copyright and unfair competition attorneys Arlana S. Cohen and Mark J. Speciner, who also have experience in anti-counterfeiting matters.
Thirty-five of the 51 CLL attorneys concentrate on trademark, copyright, information technology and unfair competition matters, including litigation. Seven of them concentrate on patent matters with a special focus on electrical, mechanical and electro-mechanical devices, including fuel cells and optical devices.
The firm's clients include BMG, EMI Recorded Music, Sony Music, Warner/Chappell Music, ZZ Top and Clear Channel.