Washington, D.C. associate Phil Cardinale has been appointed to the American Bar Association's delegation to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Phil will represent the ABA's Intellectual Property Section - the world's largest association of IP lawyers - as Co-Liaison to WIPO's Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), the world's primary vehicle for the negotiation of copyright treaties.

Phil will partner in the role of WIPO Co-Liaison with former U.S. Register of Copyrights Ralph Oman. The SCCR convenes in Geneva and recently concluded work on the Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances, a multilateral copyright treaty. As an ABA WIPO delegate, Phil will have a non-voting role during future SCCR negotiations as it selects and begins deliberating on its next copyright treaty.