President Donald Trump has tapped Indian-American Vishal Amin as his new ‘IP czar’ to coordinate US law-enforcement strategy around copyright, patents and trademarks.
The White House said yesterday that Amin has been nominated to be the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in the Executive Office of the President as Trump made a number of key administrative appointments.
If confirmed by the US Senate, Amin would succeed Daniel Marti. Amin is currently a Senior Counsel on House Judiciary Committee. He also served in the administration of President George W Bush at the White House, as Associate Director for Domestic Policy, and at the US Department of Commerce, as Special Assistant and Associate Director for Policy in the Office of the Secretary, a statement said.
The Recording Industry Association of America has welcomed his nomination.
Donald Trump has also nominated a prominent Indian-American law expert his regulatory czar to oversee the US President’s plan to eliminate 75 per cent of federal regulations.
Neomi Rao, who is currently a professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, has been nominated to be the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), a statutory part of the Office of Management and Budget within the Executive Office of the President. OIRA reviews regulations from federal agencies and has the power to reject rules that do not fall in line with the President’s goals. She served as Associate Counsel to President George W Bush; counsel for nominations and constitutional law to the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary and law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas of US Supreme Court.