Inaugural White House IP chief resigns

Victoria Espinel promoted anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting efforts during her four years at the White House

The White House’s first intellectual property enforcement officer has stepped down after four years in the position.

President Obama appointed Victoria Espinel to the role in September 2009, after the 2008 Pro-IP Act established the position.  While at the White House, Espinel was responsible for developing and implementing the government’s IP enforcement strategy. She promoted private-sector efforts to develop best practices for preventing online piracy and counterfeiting, and pushed Congress to make illegal online streaming a felony in certain cases.

Alanna Byrne

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