Stevan D. Mitchell is the Director of the International Trade Administration’s Office of Standards and Intellectual Property (OSIP) at the U.S. Department of Commerce. OSIP promotes foreign market opportunities for export of U.S. products and services through advancements in standards and intellectual property trade policy and by promoting business awareness. The office provides direct assistance to companies seeking to protect and enforce intellectual property rights (IPR) in foreign markets, including through the STOPfakes.gov Roadshow program and website.
Previously Stevan served as Vice President, Intellectual Property Policy for the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). His responsibilities included leading industry engagement on matters of domestic and international trade, intellectual property and enforcement policy.
Prior to joining the ESA, he served as Senior Counsel to the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and served as a Member of the President’s Commission on Critical Infrastructure Protection (PCCIP). As a PCCIP Commissioner, he was responsible for many of the legal studies and recommendations produced by the Commission, including Legal Foundations, a 14-volume study of legal issues associated with infrastructure protection.
Previously, as a Trial Attorney with CCIPS, Stevan litigated cases under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and provided oversight, consultation and guidance on investigations and prosecutions involving illegal uses of technology. He also co-authored the second edition of DOJ’s intellectual property rights prosecution manual.
Stevan earned his law degree from the Florida State University College of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. After completing a clerkship in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, he joined the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice through its Honor Graduate Program.