Intellectual property guru nears confirmation

Victoria Espinel would oversee enforcement across agencies

NEW YORK -- A Senate committee on Thursday confirmed the nomination of President Obama's nominee for the top intellectual property position in Washington.

Victoria Espinel now must be confirmed by the full Senate.

She would be the government's first-ever intellectual property enforcement coordinator. Congress created that new position in response to requests from filmmakers, music labels and other content creators to strengthen the fight against copyright theft and trademark infringement.

One key task for the new IP guru will be to coordinate policies across the various federal agencies that have a hand in IP issues.

"The Copyright Alliance extends its thanks to the Senate Judiciary Committee for today's positive action on the nomination of Victoria Espinel," said Copyright Alliance executive director Patrick Ross. "This is an encouraging step forward in a process that we are confident will lead to even better performance at the federal level of intellectual property rights enforcement.