Warner Bros IP head joins DC lobby group

Warner Brothers has lost its chief IP counsel Nils Montan to Washington DC lobby group the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC).

“I’m really going for the job,” Montan told The Lawyer. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for me to raise awareness of counterfeiting and affect policy and legislation.”

Montan joins as the IACC’s president, charged with raising the organisation’s profile and setting the strategy. At Warner Bros he was responsible for trademark protection and anti-counterfeiting.

One of his priorities will be to tackle the counterfeiting problem posed by certain Asian and Eastern European countries.

“We’ll continue to deal with China, which is a big problem,” said Montan. “We must keep a presence there and have patience – there’s no quick fix.”

Montan said he expected Warner Bros would replace him with an internal promotion rather than a lateral hire.