Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters has named Maria A. Pallante to the position of Associate Register for Policy and International Affairs, effective December 21, 2008. Pallante brings extensive experience to the position, having worked as a copyright lawyer for more than 18 years in Washington, D.C. and New York City, in both the public and private sectors. She succeeds David O. Carson, who will return to his former position as general counsel of the office.
For the past two years, Pallante has served as Deputy General Counsel of the Copyright Office, where she has helped shape a wide range of domestic and international copyright issues. She has been the office’s lead counsel on orphan works legislation, working with stakeholders and advising key offices of the Senate and House on related issues. She worked from 1996-1997 as a policy planner in the office she is to head.
From 1999 2006, Pallante served as the chief intellectual property counsel for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation in New York, where she was responsible for the auditing, enforcement and licensing of intellectual property assets.
Pallante began her legal career in copyright in 1991 as a staff attorney with the Authors Guild, and later served as Executive Director of the National Writers Union, where she supervised the electronic rights case, Tasini v. the New York Times. She was associated with the D.C. law firm and literary agency of Lichtman, Trister, Singer & Ross, and completed a federal clerkship in administrative law for Associate Chief Judge G. Marvin Bober at the U.S. Department of Labor. She holds a Juris Doctor degree from George Washington University Law School.