Obama Intellectual Property 'Czar' to Head Software Lobby
Byline: Casey Mutchler, THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The Obama administration's former top cop on intellectual property rights is about to become the top lobbyist for one of the leading software industry trade groups.
Victoria Espinel, the federal government's first intellectual property enforcement coordinator serving under both Presidents Bush and Obama, will take over as president of the Software Alliance, formerly known as the Business Software Alliance, on September 3.
Victoria brings an extraordinary wealth of expertise on key issues at the intersection of trade policy, market access and IP protection, said BSA Board Chairman Pascal Di Fronzo, senior vice president and general counsel of Autodesk, Inc., which specializes in 3-D design software for construction and manufacturing firms. She is a proven leader who has earned the respect of policymakers in the United States and around the world.
Ms. Espinel's new employers at the Software Alliance include such industry powers as Microsoft, Intel, Oracle, Apple and Dell.
Ms. Espinel became known as the Obama administration's IP czar serving in the post since December 2009. Howard Shelanksi, recently named administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, has replaced her on a temporary basis.
During her tenure in government, Ms. Espinel helped to implement tougher penalties for counterfeiting and more authority for the Food and Drug Administration to target and destroy counterfeit and adulterated medicines.