Intellectual Property: Piracy and Technology Transfer

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 9:00 AM

USFSP Student Center
USFSP University Student Center
200 6th Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Topic Panelists

Aida Hozic
Dr. Hozic’s research is situated on the intersections of cultural studies, international political economy and international security. She is the author of Hollyworld: Space, Power and Fantasy in the American Economy (Cornell University Press, 2002) and (with Jacqui True) Scandalous Economics: Gender and Politics of Financial Crises (Oxford University Press, 2016) as well as of dozens of peer-reviewed articles and chapters in edited volumes. Dr. Hozic has received multiple Fulbright Awards, a John D. and Katherine T. MacArthur Fellowship in Global Security, Open Society Fellowship and many other grants and awards.
Brittany Maxey-Fisher
Brittany J. Maxey-Fisher belongs to the firm Maxey-Fisher PLLC. Brittany manages the firm’s intellectual property practice. In addition to managing the day-to-day aspects of the firm, Brittany has gained extensive experience in counseling clients in a wide range of intellectual property issues. Her practice includes representing clients in patent, trademark, trade dress, and copyright matters, including domestic and international trademark protection, intellectual property licensing and agreements, and technology transactions. Brittany has state and federal litigation experience in connection with patents, trademarks, and copyrights. She also has an extensive practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Patent Trial Appeal Board and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Brittany received her Bachelor’s degree in Biological Science in 2001 from the University of Mississippi and her J.D. in 2007 from Stetson College of Law.
George Peirce
George Peirce joined the faculty at Stetson University College of Law in January 2017 after 36 years of legal experience in the public and private sectors. He served as Stetson's Culverhouse Distinguished Practitioner in Residence for two and a half years and taught courses in international and national security law, civil procedure, federal courts, and trial advocacy. Before joining the faculty, George served for more than 12 years as the Defense Intelligence Agency’s General Counsel. He and his staff provided advice and representation on all legal matters affecting DIA’s worldwide intelligence mission during global counterterrorism operations. While at DIA, he taught a national security law seminar as an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School. Before coming to DIA, George served for eight years in the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, where he brought civil actions against polluters of our land, air and water resources, resulting in recoveries for the United States valued at over $260 million. As an Army Reserve Colonel, he volunteered for active duty after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and served for a year as the Principal Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for U.S. Joint Forces Command. He and his colleagues advised the command on the many novel legal issues raised by initial combat operations against al Qaeda and the Taliban. Earlier in his career, George was an associate at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Steptoe & Johnson, where he focused on litigation, international law, and ethics. He began his legal career as an Army judge advocate, with assignments that included criminal prosecution with the 1st Infantry Division, duty at a strategic intelligence outpost in Turkey, and service at the Pentagon with the Army’s International Affairs Division and the Army General Counsel’s Office, where he dealt with ramifications of the Iran-Contra affair. Before leaving active duty for the Army Reserve, George also served on the International Law faculty at the Army JAG School. His service in the Army Reserve included duty in Panama, Germany and in Belgium at the headquarters of the NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe. George holds a B.S. degree from West Point, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and an M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University, and is also a graduate of the Army War College. He has published articles on international law involving arms control, the law of war, and the law of the sea, and has given presentations on intelligence law and ethics at Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins University, the National Defense University, the University of South Florida, and the University of Oxford.
John Tressler
John Tressler received his BS in Physics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and PhD in Optical Physics from the University of Arizona with a focus on computer image processing. He worked for Hughes, Harris, Kodak and Honeywell as a Senior Research Scientist before forming his own company to design and install Smart Home Automation systems.