The Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

The Center for Education and Research in
Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS)

Wiliam J. Cook - Willian Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione

Students: Spring 2024, unless noted otherwise, sessions will be virtual on Zoom.

Internet & Web Law 1996

Jan 26, 1996


Mr. Cook's presentation will discuss legal developments regarding the impact of the Internet and Web pages on intellectual property over the past two years. He will also address recent case law and policy matters with respect to U.S. export controls, including encryption. Time permitting, he will also discuss related litigation with respect to hostile technology, e-mail monitoring & control, defective software, records integrity & network investigations.

About the Speaker

Mr. Cook is a trial attorney with the intellectual property firm of Willian Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione in Chicago. In his five years at Willian Brinks he has been involved in copyright and trade secret litigation, much of which has involved Internet activity and postings. In March 1993 he and his co-counsel won a $13 million verdict against an Ohio subsidiary of Microsoft. During this computer copyright infringement case, Mr. Cook had Dr. Gene Spafford of Purdue testify as an expert in the forensic examination of source code.

Mr. Cook is currently serving as a consultant to both the House and Senate Judicary Committees with respect to Internet legislation. He is also the head of the Computer Law Committee of the National Intellectual Property Law Institute and the Vice-Chairman of the ABA and CBA Computer Law Committees.

Before joining Willian Brinks, Cook was a federal prosecutor at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago for 16 years, during which time he prosecuted several computer intrusion cases.

He has written numerous articles on Internet and computer law. He has also written Internet & Web Law 1996 (to be released in February), A Primer on Intellectual Property Rights for Comuter Software, April 1994, and The Federal Prosecutor's and Investigator's Computer & Telecommunications Fraud Investigations Manual, 2nd Ed. August, 1991.

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