Washington DC
17 August 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

Vishal Amin confirmed as IPEC


The US Senate has approved President Donald Trump’s nomination for White House intellectual property enforcement coordinator (IPEC).

The role, commonly know as the IP Czar, will be filled by Vishal Amin, who left his post as senior counsel on the House of Representatives judiciary committee earlier this year.

Amin previously worked as associate director for domestic policy under the administration of George W Bush.

The US Chamber of Commerce “applauded” the approval, saying that it looks forward to working with Amin to ensure “strong enforcement of our trade agreements; increased protections against illicit actors online; heightened security and efficiency measures at our borders and ports of entry; and support for effective voluntary agreements”.

In a previous statement, the Chamber of Commerce said that IP industries have a “much greater influence on our economy than most Americans probably realise”.

But it identified that the US is slipping with regard to enforcement and protection of IP, with its overall score on the US Chamber International IP Index dropping for the first time in the index’s history this year.

In his confirmation hearing, Amin highlighted the economic importance of IP and its protection in the US. He said: “IP underpins nearly every aspect of our economy—it supports good paying jobs, it supports the arts, sciences, and technology, and it creates a framework that allows new industries and innovations to flourish.”

“We are at a defining moment in this new century, and it is imperative for us to advance pro-growth policies to protect our nation's continued economic and innovative competitiveness [and] promote new engines of growth.”

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