Barack Obama has been president-elect for less than 48 hours, and lawyers in the nation’s capital are buzzing about who will win key slots in the new administration.
Much of the action is centered on positions at regulatory agencies and the Justice Department, positions that are more likely to have a direct impact on clients than Cabinet-level or West Wing jobs like White House counsel or attorney general.
Obama needs to choose a Chief Counsel for the Food & Drug Administration, a chairperson for the Federal Trade Commission, a Solicitor General, a head for the US Patent and Trademark Office, and most importantly, a chairperson for the Securities and Exchange Commission.
He is also expected to make appointments to the Federal Communications Commission.
Intellectual property lawyers are keeping a close eye on Obama's choice for IP Czar. The Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008 created an intellectual property coordinator, a politically appointed, White House-level position charged with overseeing and coordinating law enforcement efforts when it comes to piracy and IP infringement matters.