ICC Appoints New Chair of Commission on Global Intellectual Property

Vishal Amin

The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has appointed a new Chair for the ICC Global Intellectual Property Commission — Vishal Amin, who had previously served as vice chair of the commission.

Amin is currently Head of Intellectual Property Policy at USCIB member company Intel Corporation. He is an experienced executive leader and a globally-recognized expert on IP, trade and tech law and policy. For nearly twenty years, Amin has been at the center of U.S. federal intellectual property law and policy. In 2017, Amin was nominated by the President of the United States, and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate, to serve as the White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator or “IP Czar”. In this key role, he directed U.S. IP Diplomacy, coordinated key policies among Cabinet departments, and advocated for IP interests in the U.S. and abroad.

Earlier in his career, Amin served as Senior Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary, and held positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce and the White House. During his service in Congress and under two Presidential Administrations, he wrote and helped enact major legislation in nearly all areas of intellectual property law, shaping the United States’ modern IP system to protect and grow entrepreneurship. Amin holds a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from Johns Hopkins University and a law degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

A message from the ICC Commission Chair

Dear members of the ICC Global IP Commission,

Private sector innovation is the cornerstone of the global economy and will be necessary to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. At the same time, the success of individual businesses has never been more dependent on an interconnected global network of supply chains and the fair and open exchange of ideas. In this often unstable and uncertain worldwide innovation ecosystem, the global business community must be united in its advocacy for productive IP systems that promote innovation through stability, transparency, and collaboration.

As the leading voice for global business, ICC plays a key role in both giving businesses of all sizes the tools they need to grow and thrive and bring their perspective to policy discussions. ICC recognizes not only the importance of IP as a positive force for society, but also the necessity that it be protected from piracy, counterfeiting, trade secret theft, and litigation abuses. I’ve spent my career in the United States Federal Government and in the private sector advocating for IP systems that work for innovators, creators, and entrepreneurs and developing IP policy that helps groundbreaking ideas become a reality. I look forward to continuing this work as Chair of the ICC Global IP Commission.

Chairs of an ICC Commission are appointed for a period of three-years by the ICC Secretary General, renewable once. As Chair of the ICC Global IP Commission from January 2023 Amin will work closely with ICC Secretariat, and the members of this commission, to provide strategic leadership to our work, as well as chair meetings of the commission and ensure that ICC can be effective in bringing the voice of business to policy discussions on IP and innovation.

Amin is taking on this role after the successful leadership of Ingrid Baele, who steered the work of this commission for two full terms.

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