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Vicki Allums is Associate General of Intellectual Property at the Defense Information Systems Agency. She has more than 15 years of legal and policy experience as a government and corporate attorney in domestic and international intellectual property matters, e-commerce, cyber law, international trade, and information assurance.

Allums served as a senior attorney in the Office of Legislative and International Affairs at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, advising executive branch agencies on intellectual property enforcement and other trade policy issues. She was also a senior attorney in the Intellectual Property branch at U.S. Customs where she drafted administrative rulings on imported shipments of counterfeit and pirated goods, and provided technical assistance to the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office on intellectual property border enforcement issues in bilateral negotiations. Her private sector experience includes working as assistant general counsel at National Public Radio, Inc. and as associate general counsel at the American Institute of Architects.

Allums is an adjunct professor of law at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago where she co-teaches a master’s class on “Globalization, Intellectual Property and the Internet.” She is the co-author of the book Customs Enforcement: Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Across Borders.

She holds a BA from Berea College in Kentucky, an MPA from Indiana University, and a JD from the University of Kentucky.