Molly Torsen

Molly began working for the International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI) as a Program Attorney in late 2005, during which time she developed and implemented projects, conferences and other activities for the Institute.  As Vice President, Molly oversees the day-to-day operations of IIPI, ranging from managing IIPI's projects developed within the scope of its agreements with the USPTO and with development agencies to catalyzing interest in intellectual property law from individuals and stakeholders whose knowledge of or access to information on IP is limited.  She was brought on as a legal consultant to the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO’s) Creative Heritage Project, for which she is writing a compendium on safeguarding cultural heritage and protecting traditional cultural expressions.

Prior to joining IIPI, Molly undertook a legal fellowship at the Arts and Humanities Research Council Research Centre for Studies in Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (AHRC) in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she focused her research on international copyright laws as they relate to contemporary art. Molly has also done legal translation from French to English in affiliation with the International Foundation for Art Research and has collaborated in legal research projects at the World Intellectual Property Organization and at Microsoft. Other areas of Molly’s academic and policy interest include geographical indications, IP and antitrust, IP and economics, copyright protection for traditional cultural expressions and for new forms of media, as well as international copyright law generally. Molly’s professional background prior to her legal studies include art auction house and museum work.  Molly received a bachelor’s degree in French and her J.D. from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is fluent in French.

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