Position newly created in cabinet.
President George W. Bush has created new position in his cabinet for an international intellectual property czar.
Bush announced the appointment July 22, tapping Chris Israel, who was deputy chief of staff for U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez. Israel*s main responsibilities at Commerce were in the field of intellectual property protection.
Israel will now coordinate efforts by all federal agencies combating piracy around the globe, including the Departments of State, Justice and Commerce as well as the U.S. Customs Service and the U.S. Trade Representative.
Congress has called for such a coordinator for several years. The FY 2005 Omnibus Appropriations bill included the creation of such an office, with funds to back it up.
Mitch Bainwol, chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Assn. of America, praised the President*s choice: *We very much look forward to working with Mr. Israel, for whom we have great faith and respect. He will be an effective leader in the fight against the theft of Intellectual Property.*