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SENATE CONFIRMS OF VICTORIA ESPINEL

SENATE’S CONFIRMATION OF VICTORIA ESPINEL IS GOOD NEWS FOR IP

12/4/2009

​WASHINGTON, DC - The American Intellectual Property Law Association congratulates the U.S. Senate on confirming President Obama’s nomination of Victoria A. Espinel to be the first United States Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. “The nomination and the Senate’s brisk confirmation show a commitment to improving the global enforcement of intellectual property rights,” stated AIPLA Executive Director Q. Todd Dickinson, “and we believe Ms. Espinel will be especially effective at furthering the goals of this position.”

The position of IP Enforcement Coordinator is crucial to effectively policing infringing and counterfeit products in both the domestic and international marketplace.  Ms. Espinel brings to this job an impressive background in IP from her work at the Office of the United States Trade Representative.  In her new position, she will chair an interagency intellectual property enforcement advisory committee, whose members include representatives from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the Copyright Office, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the Food and Drug Administration, among others.   It is imperative that the work of her Office begin as soon as possible.  The Pro-IP Act, which created this position, was enacted over a year ago and critical time has been lost in the challenge of taking a more comprehensive approach to IP enforcement issues.

The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
The American Intellectual Property Law Association is a national bar association of approximately 16,000 members engaged in private and corporate practice, in government service, and in academia. AIPLA represents a wide and diverse spectrum of individuals, companies, and institutions involved directly or indirectly in the practice of various fields of law affecting intellectual property. Our members represent both owners and users of intellectual property, and they have a keen interest in a strong and efficient intellectual property system.