Victoria A. Espinel, who was named last week as the nation's first "Copyright Czar" (or is that" Czarina"?), will oversee the enforcement of Intellectual Property laws in the U.S. and overseas. The post, which was created by Congress last year under the Pro IP Act (Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008), must be approved by the Senate.
Espinel, a veteran Capitol Hill and academic expert on copyright issues, will official have the title "U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator," within the White House's Office of Management and Budget, She was the first assistant U.S. Trade Representative for intellectual property and innovation in the Bush administrations, working as the chief U.S. trade negotiator on IP issues before the World Trade Organization.Michael Petricone, the Consumer Electronics Association's Senior Vice President who oversees government affairs, praised Espinel's "impressive background, with a career focused on IP issues."
"We...look forward to working with her on an issue that is of vital importance to both our industry, and to the ability of all American companies to innovate," Petricone said.