Broadband People Column: Victoria Espinel Confirmed For Top Intellectual Property Post

Broadband's Impact, Copyright, Premium Content December 4th, 2009

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WASHINGTON, December 4, 2009 – The Senate has confirmed Victoria Espinel to be the first U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator.

Her job will be to craft the nation’s next intellectual property strategy. Though former President George Bush created the position of U.S. Coordinator for International Intellectual Property Enforcement and filled it with Chris Israel, the intellectual property czar has been elevated to a White House position under President Obama.

Espinel is a former U.S. Assistant Trade Representative and taught at George Mason University School of Law after leaving the USTR. Her confirmation was supported by the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Copyright Alliance, International Trademark Association, Public Knowledge, Motion Picture Association of America, National Music Publishers’ Association, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and others.

“A sound national IP Strategy will demonstrate to our domestic stakeholders as well as our trading partners that the U.S. is committed to the promotion of IP here in the U.S. and abroad,” said Mark Esper, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center, in a statement. According to the Chamber, American IP-intensive industries employ nearly 18 million workers and account for over $5 trillion of the U.S. gross domestic product. IP industries also comprise more than half of all U.S. exports, the Chamber holds.

In the portions of this article included as Premium Content, the Broadband People Colummn discussed new appointments at the Federal Trade Commission, the departure of a cable industry veteran, and new changes at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

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