Obama nominates GOP law professor to FTC

Wright served as the scholar in residence at the FTC's Bureau of Competition from 2007 to 2008. 

He has both a J.D. and a Ph.D. in economics from UCLA. His academic work focuses on antitrust law, economics, consumer protection, intellectual property and contracts, according to his page on the university's website.

Wright serves on the editorial board of the Antitrust Law Journal and is a member of the conservative Federalist Society.

The FTC handles antitrust and consumer protection issues. Under Chairman Jon Leibowitz, the commission has focused on protecting online privacy, pushing for a "Do Not Track" option in browsers and cracking down on companies, including Facebook and Google, that violate their own policy agreements.

Rosch was often the lone dissenting votes in the commission's privacy settlements, arguing that the agency should not impose penalties when the companies did not admit any wrongdoing. 

The commission is currently in the late stages of a sweeping antitrust investigation into Google's business practices. Critics of Google argue that it is illegally manipulating search results to ensure that its own services appear above those of its rivals, but the company says its search formula is completely legal.

Obama also nominated F. Scott Kieff, a professor at The George Washington University Law School, to the U.S. International Trade Commission on Monday. Kieff studied microbiology and economics as an undergraduate at MIT and received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is an expert on intellectual property issues.

The ITC, which has the power to block the importation of patent infringing products, has found itself at the center of global legal conflicts over smartphone patents.

Both posts require Senate confirmation.