Jorge Cancio Meliá
LL.M. in Intellectual Property, 2008
Senior Legal Adviser, Directorate for Related Rights. Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports (Spain) 

What is your current job and what does it entail?

Since May 2012 I have been working as advisor on legal and policy issues related to Copyright law. Among my duties, I represent Spain at International and European fora dealing with Copyright and related rights; I work in the development of new legislation on intellectual property rights; and I am presently spearheading the implementation of the new Spanish legislation against online infringement of Intellectual property rights.    

What do you like best about your job?

I enjoy the challenge of working on cutting-edge issues such as the interaction and tension between copyright and the Internet, where many different interests, beliefs and emotions are at stake.

Share something special about your Cardozo experience.

I enjoyed every minute at Cardozo, especially the participatory classes and vibrant discussions with outstanding world-class professors - although, personally, the best time was when I reunited with my family and we spent together a wonderful springtime in New York.

What impact did Cardozo have on your career?

First, Cardozo helped me see beyond Spanish or European legal systems - US Law is always a useful comparison in the back of my mind when we tackle new challenges. Second, Cardozo provided me with invaluable contacts--both professors and fellow students--whom I regularly meet in international venues such as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).


 

Daniel Zohny
LL.M. in Intellectual Property, 2006
Legal counsel / Group Leader Intellectual Property at Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
Zurich, Switzerland

What is your current job and what does it entail?

I currently lead the FIFA IP Registration Unit. Together with my team I am responsible for the whole life cycle of FIFA's trademarks, designs and copyrights.  On a day-to-day basis this entails the management of a large worldwide trademark and design portfolio, including counseling during the brand development stage, trademark clearance, prosecution, oppositions/cancellations and renewal decisions. Furthermore we advise internal stakeholders on a wide variety of IP related matters , mostly concerning the commercialization of the FIFA IP.

What do you like best about your job?

Being able to help a truly international organization stage arguably the largest sports event in the world, the FIFA World Cup™ (among other football competitions such as the FIFA Womens' Wold Cup™, youth and interactive (FIWC) competitions). I enjoy the opportunity to manage a very commercially driven global trademark portfolio and the wide variety of challenging legal issues that come along with it. Moreover, constantly dealing with colleagues and third parties from numerous different cultural backgrounds is very gratifying. And yes, working in a rather football-crazy environment is kinda neat, too.

Share something special about your Cardozo experience.

The people I met. Both faculty and fellow students. I am in regular contact with many, and am happy to call some friends for life.

What impact did Cardozo have on your career?

Most importantly it solidified my decision that IP is the law I wanted to practice. Further, the good reputation of the LL.M. in IP program and the education I received helped to find my first job in NYC and led to almost five wonderful and defining years in practicing IP law in the City.   Last but not least, without Cardozo I would probably not have met my wife. So there you go......speak of a life changing experience.