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Leading Intellectual Property Attorney Joins EFF

June 9, 2008

Leading Intellectual Property Attorney Joins EFF

Michael Kwun Brings Years of Litigation Experience to EFF's Legal Team

San Francisco - Michael Kwun has joined the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) as a new Senior Intellectual Property Staff Attorney, bringing years of copyright, trademark, and patent litigation experience to EFF's legal team.

Kwun comes to EFF from Google. As the company's Managing Counsel, Litigation, he was responsible for defending Google in copyright cases about YouTube, Google Book Search, and Google Image Search; trademark cases about Google AdWords; and patent cases in connection with a wide variety of Google products.

"EFF has always fought to protect new innovations from bogus legal claims that stifle creativity, kill competition, and limit consumer choice," said Kwun. "I'm looking forward to tackling these important cases with the rest of EFF's legal team."

Before joining Google, Kwun was an associate at the law firm Keker & Van Nest, where he worked one of the early cases challenging Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) subpoenas issued by the Recording Industry Institute of America (RIAA). Kwun is also a long-time geek; his first publication was a short computer program that appeared in a Commodore computer enthusiast magazine in 1985.

"Michael brings a wealth of experience in copyright, trademark, and patent law to EFF," said EFF Executive Director Shari Steele. "We're so glad that he has chosen to join our legal team and help with this important work."

Kwun also sits on the board of directors of the East Bay Community Law Center, which provides legal services to the low-income community and hands-on clinical education for law students. Kwun received his J.D. degree from the Boalt Hall School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.

Contacts:

Michael Kwun
Senior Intellectual Property Staff Attorney
Electronic Frontier Foundation
michael@eff.org

Rebecca Jeschke
Media Coordinator
Electronic Frontier Foundation
press@eff.org

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