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INTA Member Daniel H. Marti Appointed as White House IP Enforcement Coordinator

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Today the White House announced the appointment of Daniel H. Marti as the new U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), a position created by the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act (PRO-IP Act) of 2008, which was signed into law by then-President George W. Bush. Mr. Marti is the Managing Partner at the Washington D.C. office of law firm Kilpatrick Townsend and a longtime member of the International Trademark Association (INTA).

Mr. Marti has a B.A. from Georgetown University and J.D. from Emory University School of Law, and is admitted to the Florida, Virginia and District of Columbia Bars. At Kirkpatrick Townsend, he concentrates his practice on the protection, management, and enforcement of intellectual property assets in the U.S. and abroad, and represents clients in cases involving a wide range of IP-related matters including trademarks, false advertising, unfair competition, copyrights, trade secrets and cybersquatting. Mr. Marti served on INTA’s Registration Practice and DNS Administration Subcommittee of the Internet Committee in 2008/9 and the Latin America and Caribbean Subcommittee of the Legislation and Regulatory Analysis Committee in 2004/5. He was recognized by Super Lawyers as a “Super Lawyer” for IP in Washington D.C. and by Managing Intellectual Property as an “IP Star.”

The Office of the IPEC is responsible for the protection of IP, which is viewed as a key driver of innovation and economic growth by the U.S. government. The Office’s objectives are to (1) foster global competitive advantage, (2) discourage IP theft and (3) protect the constitutional rights of US citizens, and to guide the Federal government in the fulfillment of these objectives. The Office works closely with law enforcement organizations, foreign governments, private companies, public interest groups and others in the fight against IP theft.

Mr. Marti replaces Victoria Espinel who, in 2009, became the first person to fill this role. Ms. Espinel resigned in 2013 to take the job of President and CEO at The Business Software Alliance (BSA), a trade group representing the global software industry. Howard Shelanski, the current Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), has been performing the duties of the IPEC since April 2013 while a search for a permanent replacement was conducted.

Referring to a 2012 study by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), INTA President Mei-lan Stark (Fox Entertainment Group, USA) noted that IP not only supports millions of jobs across the U.S. but that these jobs—in industries with intensive IP rights—are 42% higher compared with other industries. ”The IPEC is responsible for protecting these jobs and helping to expand the very positive role that IP plays in the national economy,” said Ms. Stark. “INTA is pleased to see a longtime member assuming such a prestigious and influential position within the United States government; we wish Mr. Marti the very best in this new role and look forward to working with the Office of the IPEC on shared goals relating to IP protection.”

About INTA

The International Trademark Association (INTA) is a global association of trademark owners and professionals dedicated to supporting trademarks and related intellectual property in order to protect consumers and to promote fair and effective commerce. Members include more than 6,500 trademark owners, professionals and academics from more than 190 countries, who benefit from the Association’s global trademark resources, policy development, education and training, and international network. Founded in 1878, INTA is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Brussels, Shanghai and Washington, D.C., and representatives in Geneva and Mumbai.

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