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An earlier version of this article incorrectly spelled the name of Brad Huther, the new director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's counterfeiting and piracy initiative.
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Hoping to Counter Counterfeiters

Not happy with the state of the fight against counterfeiting and piracy, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is bolstering its campaign by hiring Brad Huther away from the International Intellectual Property Institute to be director of its counterfeiting and piracy initiative.

Hutheras was chief executive of the institute and earlier was associate commissioner and chief financial officer of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

"The chamber needs someone on management to head big issues like this, where business is not yet succeeding," said David Hirschmann, senior vice president of the chamber. He said counterfeit and pirated products have cost the U.S. economy $250 billion a year.

The chamber has made an initial investment of at least $2 million on this initiative, he said.

The chamber has also signed up Rachel Ding as manager for the campaign and is hiring "on-the-ground resources in China and Brazil." She previously worked in China for the Quality Brands Protection Committee.

Socially Responsible

James M. Jones, policy and communications director for Sen. John F. Kerry's presidential bid, is joining APCO Worldwide's team that advises clients on corporate social responsibility initiatives. Jones also served stints as executive vice president of the Vaccine Fund and as vice president of programs and policy for the Children's Defense Fund.

Jones, who will start Monday, said he likes being able "to do good and do well" by working on social responsibility initiatives. Although he has no plans to lobby at the outset, he said he expects some lobbying might be added later.

Among the social responsibility clients at APCO are the UPS Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Return to Baker Botts

Furthermore . . . Former deputy transportation secretary Kirk K. Van Tine has returned to his old haunts at Baker Botts. Van Tine had been at the firm for 23 years before joining the Department of Transportation in September 2001.

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