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Bill Watson

Bill is an associate fellow of the R Street Institute, focused particularly on the role of technology in international trade, including such topics as intellectual property, intermediary liability and cybersecurity.

Bill previously was a trade policy analyst with the Cato Institute’s Herbert A. Stiefel Center for Trade Policy Studies. His research focused on U.S. trade remedy policies, disguised protectionism, and the institutional aspects of global trade liberalization. While at Cato, he managed Free Trade, Free Markets: Rating the Congress, an online database that tracks votes by Congress and its individual members on bills and amendments affecting the freedom of Americans to trade and invest in the global economy.

Bill received his bachelor’s in political science from Texas Christian University; a law degree from Tulane University Law School and a master of law degree in international and comparative law from the George Washington University Law School.

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Charles Duan

Charles Duan is a senior fellow and director of tech & innovation policy at the R Street Institute, where he focuses his research on intellectual property issues.

Before joining R Street in January 2018, Charles was the director of the patent reform project at Public Knowledge, where he handled all aspects of patent policy ranging from outreach on the Hill to writing white papers and filing amicus briefs. Prior to this, he was a research associate to Professor Paul Ohm on an NSF-funded project that investigated the policy implications of newly proposed Internet architectures. He also worked as a patent attorney at Knobbe Martens.

Charles is the author of A Five Part Plan for Patent Reform (2014).

He received his associate bachelor in computer science from Harvard College, and his juris doctor from Harvard Law School.

Charles lives Washington, D.C. with his wife, two kids and their cat.