WASHINGTON, D.C. (AUGUST 28) — Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced today that President Obama has nominated firm partner Danny Marti as U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. Mr. Marti, who is currently Managing Partner of Kilpatrick Townsend’s Washington, D.C. office, would become just the nation’s second U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator by replacing Victoria Espinel who stepped down from the position in August 2013.
The Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator is dedicated to the protection of the American intellectual property that powers the nation’s economy. The office works to foster and protect the United States’ global competitive advantage, which must discourage intellectual property theft while protecting the constitutional rights of our citizens. The office strives to make sure that the Federal government takes the most appropriate action to realize those goals.
“Danny is an exceptional intellectual property attorney who has been repeatedly recognized by his peers and clients across the country as one of the leaders in his field,” said Henry Walker, Kilpatrick Townsend Chair. “The White House has made a great choice in Danny. The entire firm congratulates him on this outstanding honor.”
“This position plays a critical role in implementing the President’s strategy for protecting some of the most important and powerful assets that help drive the nation’s economy,” said Susan Spaeth, Kilpatrick Townsend Managing Partner. “Having worked with Danny for many years, I have seen firsthand his tremendous leadership skills and he will bring the same intellect, commitment and passion to this position.”
Mr. Marti is the Managing Partner of Kilpatrick Townsend’s Washington, D.C. office – one of the firm’s largest of its 17 offices worldwide. He concentrates his practice on the protection, management, and enforcement of intellectual property assets in the United States and abroad. Mr. Marti advises clients in connection with domestic and international trademark portfolio management, licensing, and other intellectual property-based transactions.
Mr. Marti has represented clients in a wide range of cases involving trademarks, false advertising, unfair competition, copyrights, trade secrets, cybersquatting and computer fraud and abuse matters before various U.S. federal courts, as well as the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).