It’s been a year since the U.S. had an Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, and now the president has proposed a new one. Danny Marti, a partner at the D.C. law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, was nominated today by President Obama to become the nation’s second-ever IP czar. He would fill the post left vacant when Victoria Espinel stepped down in August 2013.
“We applaud the Administration’s intent to nominate Danny Marti as U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator,” MPAA chief Chris Dodd said today in a statement after the White House made the announcement. “The IPEC plays a critical role in promoting intellectual property as a driver of our nation’s culture and economy. Danny’s impressive record of commitment to enforcing IP rights in the Internet age makes him a particularly strong choice. We urge the Senate to confirm him without delay for this important job.”
Marti specializes in the protection, management, and enforcement of IP assets in the U.S. and abroad. According to his Kilpatrick Townsend bio, he has not been involved in any Hollywood-centric cases, serving as lead counsel in everything from negotiating stadium naming rights to repping firms including Adidas and American Eagle Outfitters over trademark and copyright infringement. Super Lawyers magazine listed Marti as a “Super Lawyer” for IP in D.C. each of the past two years, and he also was named as an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine two years running.
Espinel last summer spearheaded the Joint Strategic Plan On Intellectual Property Enforcement, voluntary initiatives to fight piracy that drew raves from Hollywood groups including MPAA and SAG-AFTRA. The MPAA was less kind to Espinel the next month when she teamed with tech companies to promote voluntary best practices to reduce the flow of ad dollars to sites that traffic in pirated content. Dodd called that initiative “an incremental step forward that addresses only a narrow subset of the problem” and places “disproportionate amount of the burden on rights holders”. Espinel stepped down the following month and the post has been vacant ever since.
Also today, Obama nominated former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board. He chaired the commission from June 2009 to March 2013.