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Intellectual property (IP) protection is among a handful of issues that will determine America's competitiveness in the 21st century. The ability to create, innovate, and generate the best artistic, technological, and knowledge-based IP is essential to global economic growth and the advancement of human progress. Yet governments around the world are willing to ignore, and even encourage and facilitate, the blatant theft of IP. Meanwhile, criminal networks are able to exploit systemic weaknesses to line their pockets by producing dangerous and defective products exacting a high toll on lives, public health and safety, and national security.
The problem continues to grow and is moving from the back alleys and black markets to more traditional, mainstream venues. The IP of innovative industries is increasingly under assault around the globe as governments and NGOs aggressively seek to erode patent, trademark, and copyright protections; undermine international trade rules; and destroy innovation and research-based industries. Anti-IP forces are pressing their attacks in the U.S. Congress, in a growing number of key nations, and in multilateral forums like the World Trade Organization, the World Health Organization, and the World Intellectual Property Organization harming both developed and developing countries and their people.
The mission of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Intellectual Property Center is to champion intellectual property as a vital engine of global development, growth, and human progress.
Learn more on the Chamber's IP Web site:
The U.S. Chamber, as the voice of the broader business community, has launched a comprehensive campaign to rebuild global support for fundamental intellectual property rights. Building on the foundation of our Global Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Initiative, the Chamber is putting money, people, research, programs, and strong political action around a sustained, long-term campaign to protect and defend intellectual property and innovation around the world. We have three primary goals, which we will achieve through aggressive, global strategies:
- Prove and aggressively communicate the value of IP
- Build broad domestic support of IP protection by government and industry
- Build global alliances to renew support for IP in key international markets, to improve enforcement, and to confront and defeat anti-IP activists
Feb.18 - U.S. Chamber Unveils 2010 Intellectual Property Agenda (Press Release)