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Senators Press Obama To Name IP Czar
As President Barack Obama’s first 100 days whiz by, Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, ranking member Arlen Specter, and Sens. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., and George Voinovich, R-Ohio, are pressuring the White House to make intellectual property protection a priority. The foursome who was the driving force behind last year’s PRO IP Act, which former President George W. Bush signed in October, wrote to Obama last week urging him to nominate an IP enforcement coordinator. The position within the Executive Office of the President was created in their legislation and “can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the administration’s efforts to protect American intellectual property,” they wrote in a letter obtained by Tech Daily Dose.