IEF Hires Eric Hinkes as Fellow, Beefs up IP Capacity

For Immediate Release
August 23, 2011

The Internet Education Foundation (IEF) is pleased to announce the recent addition of Eric M. Hinkes as its 2011-2012 Legal Policy Fellow. Eric brings over 5 years of Intellectual Property and High Technology Law practice experience. Mr. Hinkes is a graduate of the Intellectual Property LL.M. program at The George Washington University Law School and completed his law degree at Santa Clara University School of Law, receiving a High Technology Law Certificate. He currently serves as an Assistant Editor to the Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society and previously served as a Staff Editor of the Computer and High Technology Law Journal at Santa Clara University School of Law. In addition to his law practice experience, Mr. Hinkes previously served as a Legal Fellow to Congressman Howard Berman (28th-CA), then-ranking member of the Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property, and advised the Congressman on issues including Network Neutrality, Patent Reform, and Orphan Works.

“Joining IEF is an exciting move for me,” says Mr. Hinkes. “I’m thrilled to be part of a dynamic team at the IEF and look forward to contributing to its work on a number of pressing Internet issues.”

“Adding Eric Hinkes to the IEF team further strengthens our ability to contribute as a member of the Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee,” says Shane Tews, Vice President for Global Public Policy and Government Relations for VeriSign, Inc and Vice-Chair of the Internet Education Foundation Board of Directors. “I’m pleased to welcome him aboard, and I expect that his previous industry experience will be of great benefit to IEF and the Internet policy community.”


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