Susan Allen is an Attorney Advisor with the Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA), United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She focuses on copyright policy matters and is particularly interested in issues involving the intersection of copyright and technology. Through her work with the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force, Susan engages with stakeholders about ways the government can help promote a more robust and collaborative digital marketplace for copyright-protected works. Her portfolio includes Europe, Middle East/North Africa (MENA), and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS); the Commerce Department’s Internet Policy Task Force; Open Access/Open Licensing; Voluntary Stakeholder Initiatives; and G7/G20. She contributed to two reports issued by the Department of Commerce’s Internet Policy Task Force: White Paper on Remixes, First Sale, and Statutory Damages (Jan. 2016) and Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things (Jan. 2017).
Susan has over ten years of experience as an intellectual property attorney. Prior to joining OPIA, she worked in private practice, helping clients to protect and enforce their trademarks, copyrights, domain names, privacy, and publicity rights, and at the USPTO as a trademark examining attorney. She is a graduate of William and Mary Law School, holds a European Masters of Law and Economics (EMLE) from the University of Hamburg, and completed her undergraduate economics degree at the University of California, Davis.