President Barack Obama has nominated Danny Marti to be the new U.S. intellectual property enforcement coordinator, or "piracy czar."
Marti is the managing partner of Kilpatrick Townsend's Washington, D.C., office. He is an Emory University law school graduate, and he served as co-chair of Kilpatrick Townsend's intellectual asset acquisitions and transactions team from 2010 to 2013. His cases have covered computer fraud and abuse, copyright, cybersquatting and other intellectual property matters.
The IPEC post was established in 2008 to coordinate the administration's policy on intellectual property and piracy and to coordinate with other government agencies. Marti would be the second person to hold the position, following Victoria Espinel, who stepped down in August 2013.