Comment On President Obama’s Intent To Nominate Victoria Espinel To Be Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) is the author of the Prioritizing Resources and Organization of Intellectual Property (PRO-IP) Act, which was signed into law in October 2008.  The law provided increased resources for Department of Justice programs to combat intellectual property theft, and provided for coordination and strategic planning of federal efforts against counterfeiting and piracy, including the establishment of an Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate, within the Executive Office of the President.  The Coordinator will chair an inter-agency committee tasked with producing a Joint Strategic Plan to combat piracy and counterfeiting and identify duplicative or inefficient efforts.
“After months of debate, Congress approved legislation last year to establish an Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in the Executive Office of the President.  I am pleased that today President Obama announced that he intends to nominate Victoria Espinel to this important position.  Intellectual property is among our most valuable, and most vulnerable, assets.  I believe Ms. Espinel’s experience will prove valuable in this inter-agency effort, and I look forward to working with her and the administration to strengthen and enforce the laws protecting our intellectual property.”

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