Another Friday, Another Appointment

The science and technology appointment of note in yesterday’s announced nominees is Victoria Espinel (H/T Wired‘s Threat Level).  Once confirmed, she will assume the new post of U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator at the Office of Management and Budget.  The position was created through legislation passed last year, and reports directly to the President and Congress on intellectual property enforcement programs.  Ms. Espinel comes to the nomination with a legal background, as well as scholarship and government experience in intellectual property and international trade.  This suggests (as well as the placement of the position in the Office of Management and Budget rather than the Department of Justice) that the approach she will take will be closer to that of enforcer via trade-related persuasion than one who reaches for law enforcement tools to ensure the protection of intellectual property rights.


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