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Top tech lawyer joins Copyright Tribunal

Monday 15th February 2010

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Commerce Minister Simon Power has appointed Peter Dengate-Thrush to the Copyright Tribunal for a term of five years.

He says Dengate-Thursh's "knowledge and expertise in the areas of information technology and copyright law will be of great advantage to the tribunal. These attributes will be of particular importance, given the role the tribunal will play in dealing with illegal copying over the internet."

He replaces Judith Fyfe who has been a member of the tribunal for more than five years.

Dengate-Thrush is a barrister, patent attorney and trial lawyer, specialising in internet, intellectual property and technology cases.  He is involved in many boards and organisations, including chairperson of the board of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), President of AIPPI-NZ Inc, the New Zealand branch of an international organisation of senior intellectual property lawyers, which is a primary adviser to the World Intellectual Property Organisation, and is immediate past chairman of the Asia Pacific Top Level Domain Association, and of Internet NZ.

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