Steven M. Tepp

Professorial Lecturer in Law


2000 H Street, NW Washington DC 20052

Steven Tepp is the President and founder of Sentinel Worldwide. He is a globally recognized expert in intellectual property law and policy. He has written extensively on the subject and has been interviewed by ABC, BBC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and PBS, as well as numerous radio and print U.S.-based and foreign-based media outlets.

Prior to forming Sentinel Worldwide, Mr. Tepp was Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for the Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Previously, he served as senior counsel for Policy and International Affairs at the U.S. Copyright Office, where he negotiated numerous free trade agreements. He had principal responsibility for all copyright matters in the Asia-Pacific and Latin America regions and litigated the U.S.-China IPR dispute before the World Trade Organization. He also worked on domestic legislative matters and litigated many federal court cases. Mr. Tepp co-authored the Copyright Office’s Digital Millennium Copyright Act Section 104 Report to Congress (2001), as well as its 2003 and 2006 Section 1201 Rulemakings. Earlier in his career, Mr. Tepp was an attorney for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee on the staff of the chairman, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), where he specialized in intellectual property and was the lead Senate staffer handling the American Inventors Protection Act of 1999. 

Mr. Tepp has previously taught copyright law at the Georgetown University Law Center and the George Mason University Law School.

BA, Colgate University; JD, American University