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November 26, 2008
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A bad economy usually means a slowdown in business, but U.S. International Trade Commission CIO (and Director of Administration) Steve McLaughlin says the organization, which adjudicates intellectual property and import injury claims, gets busier the worse things get. "The import injury cases are likely to increase as more industries claim injury from unfair international trade practices during tough times.  In addition, our patent litigation docket has almost quadrupled in the last four years," says Steve, whose biggest project is updating EDIS, the third iteration of a system that manages the agency's hearing docket.


Steve is a rarity in that he actually grew up in the D.C. area, so he happily bought season tickets to the Nats (you can see a mini-Dimitri Young on the right). His dad worked for the State Department, and he was raised in Arlington and went to William & Mary, (although he left the Commonwealth for law school, choosing the beaches near the University of Miami). He joined the ITC as a counsel more than 24 years ago; became Director of Administration in 1995; and took over as CIO in 2001. Unlike politically-appointed CIOs, Steve is career, so he'll be here after the transition.


One potential change that may affect the ITC is the new Administration's approach on bilateral free trade agreements (for example, President-elect Obama said in the campaign that he opposed the pending Colombia Free Trade Agreement). Steve tells us one of their highest profile projects is maintaining on the agency's web site the tariff schedule and related trade data that provide the duty on goods coming into the country. The Commission also hosts a database on its web site that lets the public develop its own specialized reports on trade trends.

R&D Gone Global

When it comes to outsourcing R&D for commercial software, giants like Yahoo!, Microsoft and Oracle turn to Vienna-based GlobalLogic. We recently met CEO Peter Harrison who told us in his charming British accent the company has ballooned to 3,000 employees in just eight years of business (he joined six years ago), making it the largest outsourced R&D firm on the planet (they have workers in India, China and the Ukraine, along with the states). Peter's company is developing the latest software for CAD/CAM, which engineers and architects use to draw blueprints, and Chrome, a new web browser for mobile devices -some of the company's 180 technology clients.


It's rare to see Peter sitting down, considering he spends his off hours paragliding, skiing and rock climbing with his kids. Prior to GlobalLogic, the London native was a co-founder of Seer Technologies (that went public in 2005) and was an SVP at Versata, a leading provider of rules automation software that also went public (see a trend here?) So far the VCs are interested (namely NEA, Sequoia Capital, and New Atlantic Ventures), which gave Peter's company a cool $30 million in its latest round of funding. "We're the area's best kept secret," Peter says. Not any more!

Red Carpet!

Ernst & Young's Herb Engert, Chris Bruner, Erika Chambers and Anthony Calderazzi lived it up on the red carpet earlier this month at E&Y's Entrepreneur of the Year banquet in Palm Springs. The banquet was the finale to a three-day Strategic Growth Forum that featured more than 1300 tech CEOs from across the country and included former GE Chairman Jack Welsh as a speaker. The weekend also included appearances from Jay Leno, Geena Davis, Deborah Norville and Joe Cocker.

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