The Senate Aug. 3 confirmed Vishal Amin to be the White House intellectual property enforcement coordinator.
Amin, previously senior counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, stressed the need to address IP infringement in China during his May 24 Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing. President Donald Trump has accused China of unfair trade practices, including what he characterizes as IP theft.
The administration is weighing its options regarding China, including calling for the U.S. Trade Representative’s office to investigate the matter under section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, which allows the president to take actions against countries engaged in unfair trade practices.
Congress created the IP coordinator position in 2008, with the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act. The last person in the position was Daniel Marti, who had no staff but was the administration’s public face on matters relating to overseas infringement of U.S.-owned IP.
The IPEC position has been vacant since Marti resigned with the rest of President Barack Obama’s White House staff.
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