Ann Chaitovitz is the intellectual property (IP) attaché based in Lima, Peru. She advises U.S. government personnel and national IP offices, and coordinates the USPTO’s activities in Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. She has more than 20 years of experience representing songwriters, publishers, recording artists, the U.S. government, and digital technology companies on music, technology, and copyright matters.
Prior to arriving in Lima, Ann specialized in domestic and international copyright law as an attorney-advisor at the USPTO, where she handled copyright and related rights issues in various international regions. She has represented the United States in various multilateral fora, such as the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights, and has participated in the development and implementation of U.S. domestic copyright and related IP laws and policy, including the Department of Commerce’s “Green Paper on Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy” and its “White Paper on Remixes, First Sale and Statutory Damages.”
In between stints at the USPTO, Ann was the executive director at the Future of Music Coalition (FMC), a national nonprofit education, research, and advocacy organization working on the challenging issues at the intersection of music, law, technology, and policy. She also consulted on copyright, digital technology, new media, and music issues.
Before beginning her work at the USPTO, Ann served as the national director of sound recordings at the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA), the labor union representing recording singers. At AFTRA, Ann worked on domestic and international copyright issues. She worked to repeal the amendment to the “work made for hire” definition of the U.S. copyright law, to ensure the direct payment of digital performance fees to artists and to change the structure of SoundExchange—an independent nonprofit collective management organization that collects and distributes digital performance royalties to featured artists and copyright holders—so that artists would share control. Ann also focused on the rights of U.S. performers internationally, negotiating with foreign countries’ collecting societies to ensure that U.S. performers receive their share of royalties.
Prior to AFTRA, Ann worked as a staff attorney at the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), a songwriters’ and publishers’ collective management organization, where she conducted copyright litigation on behalf of songwriters and publishers.
Ann was an inaugural FMC Voice of Advocacy Honoree, awarded for a career devoted to serving the music community, working toward solutions and building bridges in the often-bumpy transition from an analog to a largely digital music industry. She served on the Research Advisory Committee of the FMC’s Artist Revenue Streams project and has served on the board of directors of the Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies, the board of directors of SoundExchange, and the FMC Advisory Board. She participated in the American Assembly on “Art, Technology, and Intellectual Property” and graduated in 2004’s Leadership Music class. She holds degrees from Amherst College (B.A., cum laude) and New York University School of Law.
About the USPTO and the Office of Policy and International Affairs
Aside from the issuance of patents and registration of trademarks, the USPTO has a statutory mandate to advise the President and all federal agencies, through the Secretary of Commerce, on national and international intellectual property (IP) policy issues, including IP protection in other countries. In addition, the USPTO is authorized by statute to provide guidance, conduct programs and studies, and interact with IP offices worldwide—and with international intergovernmental organizations—on matters involving IP.
The USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs fulfills this mandate by leading negotiations on behalf of the United States at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); advising the Administration on the negotiation and implementation of the IP provisions of international trade agreements; advising the Secretary of Commerce and the Administration on a full range of IP policy matters, including in the areas of patent, copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets; conducting empirical research on IP; and providing educational programs on the protection, use, and enforcement of IP.