Sunday, October 04, 2009

Victoria Espinel

Dow Jones reported:

President Barack Obama on 25 Sept 09 named Victoria Espinel to be the new U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, an administration position created last year by Congress.

The intellectual property coordinator, part of the Office of Management and Budget, is mandated as part of a law aimed at beefing up U.S. enforcement efforts to stop the sale of pirated or counterfeited movies, music, drugs and software.

Espinel is the founder and president of Bridging the Innovation Divide, a not-for-profit foundation. She also was a staffer on Capitol Hill working on intellectual property issues.

A post at George Mason notes:

Prior to becoming Assistant USTR for Intellectual Property and Innovation, Ms. Espinel served as Deputy Assistant USTR for Intellectual Property and as Associate General Counsel at USTR. Before joining USTR, Ms. Espinel was with the law firms of Covington & Burling in London and Washington, D.C., and Sidley, Austin, Brown & Wood in New York.

Ms. Espinel is the author of several published articles on international copyright issues. She holds an LLM from the London School of Economics, a JD from Georgetown University Law School, and a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

TechDailyDose mentioned a presentation of Howard Berman before the US Chamber of Commerce:

Berman said he hoped that the Senate will act on a version of a foreign relations reauthorization bill that would include language to increase resources and training for enforcement of IP rights. A bill he introduced, which overwhelmingly passed the House in June, would require the Secretary of State to appoint 10 new IP attach├ęs to serve in embassies or other diplomatic missions with priority placement given to countries with particularly egregious IP regimes.

On the ongoing debate over whether and how to overhaul the U.S. patent system, Berman said he was hopeful that legislation could move forward. He noted that the Senate is poised to pave the way in the 111th Congress. Berman also said President Obama's nomination of the first White House IP enforcement coordinator last week should lead to "a more coherent and comprehensive federal policy." Rigorous enforcement and a focus on digital piracy should be at the top of that office's agenda, he said.

TechDailyDose also quoted Berman: " I can walk and chew gum at the same time ," evoking the comment of Lyndon Johnson (graduate of Texas Teachers College) about Gerald Ford (UMichigan, Yale Law).

Cross-reference: PRO-IP Act

Also U.S. Chamber Report Projects 1 Million Green Job Losses if Efforts to Weaken IP Rights Prevail, report by Garten Rothkopf that details future green job losses if efforts to weaken intellectual property rights (IPR) prevail. The study finds that compulsory licensing and other anti-IP policies would lead to green job losses of 1 million by the year 2020


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