WASHINGTON Aug 29 The White House has named a
Washington lawyer as the next head of intellectual property
enforcement, a position that has been vacant for a year.
Danny Marti, a managing partner at the law firm Kilpatrick
Townsend and Stockton LLP, was named by the White House in a
statement late Thursday. The Senate must confirm Marti before he
can begin work.
Marti was dubbed a "Super Lawyer" for intellectual property
by Super Lawyers magazine in 2013 and 2014. His clients have
included fashion house Tory Burch LLC, Adidas AG and the
National Academy of the Recording Arts & Sciences, which holds
the Grammy Awards, according to a biography on his law firm's
Marti declined an interview request.
Marti will fill a slot held from 2009 until August 2013 by
Victoria Espinel, who stepped down to head the anti-piracy
Business Software Alliance, whose members include Apple, Dell,
IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Oracle and Rosetta Stone.
The National Music Publishers Association, one of several
groups in Washington which oppose piracy of music, movies and
software, welcomed Marti's nomination.
"The value and economy of art and ideas are only secure if
we protect them from infringement, and for creators to thrive,
we must remain on the cutting edge of IP enforcement at home and
abroad," said NMPA President David Israelite in an emailed
Comcast, which owns NBCUniversal, released a statement
complimenting Marti on his appointment.
(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Ted Botha and Andrew Hay)