The Senate late Thursday confirmed Victoria Espinel to be the nation’s first-ever intellectual property enforcement coordinator, a position that will be housed in the White House.
She most recently served as the founder and president of the nonprofit Bridging the Innovation Divide and also has served as a visiting professor at George Mason University Law School, focusing on intellectual and international trade. In addition, Espinel has worked as an intellectual property adviser to the Senate Judiciary and Finance committees and the House Judiciary and Ways and Means committees. During the Bush administration, Espinel was chosen to be the nation’s first assistant U.S. trade representative for intellectual property and innovation.
Mark Esper, executive vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center, praised the Senate’s move, saying in a statement that, “Espinel has the opportunity to improve enforcement and promotion of IP rights in the U.S. and abroad. Her extensive background and expertise in these areas will be crucial as she works to protect the creative and innovative industries that help drive our economic growth.”