Laurie Self is vice president and counsel of government affairs at Qualcomm Incorporated, where she specialises in IP and related policy matters. Based in Washington DC, Ms Self represents the company before Congress and a number of US government offices, and within various professional and advocacy groups. She also supports Qualcomm’s strategy and initiatives to promote strong IP rights in China and other emerging markets. Her particular focus is to ensure that US IP and trade policies provide the necessary protections and incentives to support the company’s R&D-driven business model. Prior to her arrival at Qualcomm in July 2012, Ms Self was a partner at law firm Covington & Burling, where she chaired the firm’s IP rights practice group.