Steven Tepp is the President & CEO, and founder of Sentinel Worldwide, providing intellectual property legal and policy counsel to companies and associations with interests in protecting intellectual property. His work includes policy advocacy and strategic counseling, analyzing proposed legislation and regulations, drafting submissions to government bodies, amicus briefs, and expert witness testimony.
Steve is a globally recognized expert in intellectual property. He has written and spoken extensively on the subject, including testimony before the U.S. Congress. He has been interviewed by ABC, BBC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and PBS, as well as numerous radio and print U.S.-based and foreign-based media outlets, and has frequently spoken at conferences and symposia in the United States, Asia, and Europe.
Steve is also a Professorial Lecturer in Law, teaching intellectual property at George Washington University Law School. A collection of his recent writings and presentations can be found at http://sentinelww.com/blog/.
Prior to forming Sentinel Worldwide, Steve was Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for the Global Intellectual Property Center of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. In that role, he led a broad coalition in support of effective intellectual property protection and enforcement. He also provided legal and policy counsel to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, including collaborating on amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Previously, Steve served as senior counsel for Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Copyright Office, where he negotiated numerous free trade agreements. He had principal responsibility for all matters in the Asia-Pacific and Latin America regions and litigated the U.S.-China IPR dispute before the World Trade Organization. He also spearheaded the Office’s engagement on domestic legislative matters and handled numerous appellate briefs. Steve co-authored the Copyright Office’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act Section 104 Report to Congress (2001), as well as its 2003 and 2006 Section 1201 Rulemakings.
In the mid-1990s, Steve was an attorney for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on the staff of the chairman, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), where he specialized in intellectual property.
Previously, Steve taught intellectual property classes at the Georgetown University Law Center and the George Mason University Law School. He is a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law and received his undergraduate degree from Colgate University.