Obama Administration Announces Nomination to Long-Vacant ‘IP Czar' Position

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By Blake Brittain

Aug. 29 — The Obama administration has nominated Daniel H. Marti to become intellectual property enforcement coordinator in the Executive Office of the President, the White House announced in an Aug. 28 press release.

The “IP czar” position, created by the Senate in 2008, has been vacant for more than a year following the resignation of former coordinator Victoria A. Espinel in August 2013. The czar is responsible for coordinating IP enforcement issues across government agencies.

Marti is currently at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, Washington, D.C. According to the Kilpatrick Townsend website, Marti's practice focuses on protection, management and enforcement of intellectual property assets in the United States and abroad.

He has tried cases involving trademarks, false advertising, unfair competition, copyrights, trade secrets, cybersquatting and computer fraud and abuse matters before U.S. federal courts, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and the World Intellectual Property Organization.

Marti was co-chairman of the firm's intellectual asset acquisitions and transactions team from 2010 to 2013. He is also a member of the International Trademark Association's Internet Committee.

Marti received a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University in 1996 and law degree from Emory University in 1999.

Reaction to Marti's Nomination

“Effective intellectual property enforcement is critical for encouraging innovation. The IPEC's office plays an important role in ensuring the Administration has clearly focused priorities in place for the US government,” said former coordinator Espinel, now president and CEO of BSA-The Software Alliance. “I welcome today's announcement. It affirms the Administration's commitment to this important issue.”

“This position plays a critical role in implementing the President's strategy for protecting some of the most important and powerful assets that help drive the nation's economy,” Susan Spaeth, Kilpatrick Townsend managing partner said in a press release by the firm. “Having worked with Danny for many years, I have seen firsthand his tremendous leadership skills, and he will bring the same intellect, commitment and passion to this position.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Blake Brittain in Washington at bbrittain@bna.com.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anandashankar Mazumdar at amazumdar@bna.com


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