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Help Wanted: The Next Generation of IP Champions
By Brian Noyes
Late last week, the White House announced that its chief intellectual property advocate, Victoria Espinel, will be stepping down in the coming weeks. As the first-ever IP Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), Espinel developed and implemented an ambitious agenda across the Federal government to help protect the intellectual property of America’s job creators. She found ways to advance practical solutions to ensure consumers have safe access to the products and services developed by nation’s most innovative and creative industries.
This executive office, which was created just a year after the GIPC was formally established, has also served as the convening power for all government and enforcement agencies working on IP issues- and, boy, there are many! In fact, Espinel’s oncoming departure brought to mind just how many U.S. IP offices there are that are facing similar vacancies or changes in leadership:
In certainly all of these cases, the next class of IP leaders has big shoes to fill. America’s economic might is becoming even more reliant on knowledge-based, IP-intensive industries, providing immense opportunity. The inter-agency enforcement and promotion work done by these outstanding professionals are not only important, but necessary for our ability to grow safely and prosperously.
We are grateful for the dedication and tireless work of these officials to elevate IP rights, but there’s a lot of work ahead and we look forward to the next generation of IP champions.
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