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Victoria A. Espinel was confirmed unanimously by the Senate on December 4, 2009 as the first U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. Ms. Espinel served in the Executive Office of the President and was charged with developing and implementing the Administration’s overall strategy for enforcement of intellectual property. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Espinel taught international trade law and intellectual property law at George Mason University School of Law. In 2007, Ms Espinel was asked to serve as the first Assistant USTR for Intellectual Property and Innovation. In that capacity, she was the chief US trade negotiator for intellectual property and innovation and was responsible for developing US trade policy on intellectual property and innovation.
The Administration strongly supports voluntary efforts by the private sector to reduce infringement and we welcome the initiative brought forward by the companies to establish industry-wide standards to combat online piracy and counterfeiting by reducing financial incentives associated with infringement. We believe that this is a positive step and that such efforts can have a significant impact on reducing online piracy and counterfeiting.
Intellectual property is a key driver of our economy. So it matters that we have the right approach to intellectual property enforcement; one that is thoughtful, dedicated and effective, and that makes good and efficient use of our resources. The release of the Administration’s 2013 Joint Strategic Plan for Intellectual Property Enforcement builds on our efforts to protect intellectual property to date, and provides a roadmap for our work over the next three years.
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The White House has responded to two petitions about proposed legislation intended to combat online piracy.
The Obama Administration is launching a public awareness campaign to combat the purchase and sale of counterfeit and pirated products
Internet service providers and entertainment companies are launching a cooperative effort to combat online infringement, which may help reduce breaches of American intellectual property
U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel forms a greater collaboration with Europe to stop online piracy and intellectual property theft overseas.
Victoria Espinel, U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, announces the release of 20 legislative recommendations to Congress designed to improve intellectual property enforcement.
President Obama issues an Executive Order establishing two intellectual property enforcement advisory committees designed to improve the Federal Government’s intellectual property enforcement efforts.
Victoria Espinel, U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, releases the first annual report outlining progress on the Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement.