U ups Christensen to sr. VP

Intellectual property exec to help establish company policies

Universal Studios has promoted veteran legal executive Maren Christensen to senior vice president, intellectual property counsel.

“With continuing advances in technology, the need for strong global management of intellectual property rights has accelerated,” said Karen Randall, exec VP and general counsel, in announcing the appointment. “Since joining Universal, Maren has made great strides in developing aggressive and far-sighted policies that will protect Universal’s properties well into the digital age.”

Christensen, who joined Universal in 1997 as vice president, intellectual property counsel, will continue to report to Randall. Her expanded duties call for her to represent the company in international treaties along with state and federal legislation affecting intellectual property.

Christensen is also responsible for establishing company policy on international and domestic issues affecting Universal’s intellectual property assets and advising the company’s business units in this area. Prior to joining Universal, she practiced entertainment and intellectual property litigation at Rosenfeld, Meyer and Susman.

Edgar Bronfman Jr., chief executive officer of Universal’s parent Seagram Co., recently announced that Universal will take an aggressive stance against those who pirate the studio’s properties off the Intermet.

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