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John Manchester

is an associate at American Continental Group. Mr. Manchester focuses on intellectual property, technology, and trade issues. Mr. Manchester is also responsible for producing the ACG “Content & Technology” and “Patent and Trademark” policy reports—two weekly newsletters that provide a comprehensive review of developments in the intellectual property policy space in Washington D.C., Silicon Valley, and across the globe. Mr. Manchester also serves as the Deputy Executive Director of the Coalition for Patent and Trademark Information Dissemination—a coalition of information services and workflow solution providers that offer value-added patent and trademark information services.

Prior to joining ACG, Mr. Manchester interned with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), working with her Armed Services Committee on defense, foreign policy and military issues.

Recent Articles by John Manchester

Washington Insiders Weigh In on What Mattered in 2019

As the year draws to a close, we reflect on what mattered most in the world of intellectual property during 2019.?It was a particularly active year on IP issues, with important events in the courts, Congress, and agencies. Below we have highlighted a few of the most significant activities. Compare our list to yours and let us know what you think!? 

Closing a Loophole to Prevent Online Sex Trafficking

The U.S. Senate is slated to vote on the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act (SESTA), legislation that would help prevent online sex trafficking by holding accountable the websites that knowingly facilitate such trafficking. After overwhelmingly passing the House in late February, and with 67 co-sponsors already on the Senate version, the legislation is almost certain to head to President Trump’s desk. Despite significant support from Congress, the White House, and stakeholders including the Fraternal Order of Police, U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking, UNICEF USA, and Teens Against Trafficking, SESTA has received considerable pushback from portions of the tech community who are concerned with the changes the legislation would make to Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA)