Intellectual Property

Our economy is driven by the need to innovate, create, and develop new ways to serve consumers, and industries that rely on intellectual property (IP) play an essential role.

When inventors, researchers, engineers, artists, and entrepreneurs know that their work will be protected and rewarded through strong IP rights—including patents, trademarks, and copyrights—they have the certainty and the incentive to keep the economy-boosting innovations coming. Moreover, IP protections guard consumers against dangerous fakes and counterfeit goods.

Projects and Programs


The U.S. Chamber continues to champion and defend IP rights, which are vital to creating jobs, saving lives, advancing economic growth, and generating solutions to global challenges. 

Our Priorities


  • Deliver an industry vision for the next generation of trade agreements drawing on the U.S. Chamber’s Global Innovation Policy Center’s (GIPC’s) multisector expertise. 
  • Advocate domestically to promote pro-IP messaging with an emphasis on congressional and administration engagement to ensure that effective policies, regulations, legislation, and enforcement programs are adopted and/or maintained. 
  • Gain a strategic foothold in the capitals of Europe, China, Brazil, India, Canada, and South Africa to counter the anti-IP narratives in these markets and in multilateral institutions and leverage GIPC’s International IP Index. 
  • Continue the fight against price controls and other market-restrictive measures that prevent innovators and creators from earning a return on investment through the Fair Value for Innovation campaign. 
  • Positively condition the global enforcement environment to disrupt criminal networks that traffic in counterfeit and pirated goods and prioritize opportunities with law enforcement, U.S. Ports of Entry, and the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator to promote best practices. 

Recent Activity

Press ReleaseJul 16, 2020 - 11:30am

Global Business Associations Urge Removal of Trade Barriers, Asks Global Governments to Maintain IP Protections and Support Partnerships to Discover and Deliver COVID-19 Solutions

Kilbride says, “Intellectual property will be the foundation of every vaccine, treatment and cure we mobilize; it’s critical that we nurture those foundations, not uproot them.”

Letters to CongressJun 30, 2020 - 4:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on S. 4049, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021”

This letter was sent to all members of the United States Senate on S. 4049, the “National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021."

Above the FoldJun 01, 2020 - 10:15am
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Why Intellectual Property Protection Matters in the Time of Coronavirus

Strong intellectual property protections will be important as private industry and government work together to find a cure for COVID-19.

Press ReleaseApr 29, 2020 - 11:30am

U.S. Chamber Response to United States Trade Representative Special 301 Report Examining State of Global Intellectual Property

“Now, more than ever, society needs IP-driven solutions to solve global problems."

Press ReleaseApr 14, 2020 - 5:15pm

U.S. Chamber Releases Recommendations to Speed COVID-19 Vaccine and Drug Treatments

Public Private Partnership Quickest Best Path to Innovative Solutions

Above the FoldMar 31, 2020 - 4:45pm
U.S. Supreme Court

Supreme Court: Allen V. Cooper and Intellectual Property Rights 

Last week, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Allen v. Cooper, holding that Congress did not have the authority to revoke the sovereign immunity of states from copyright infringement lawsuits.

Above the FoldFeb 10, 2020 - 9:00am
A scientist in a white lab coat pipes a substance into a test tube.

Strong Global IP Rights Will Unleash Economic Growth

IP rights are the backbone of our economy, rewarding inventors for their risk-taking and ingenuity.

EventFeb 05, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
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2020 U.S. Chamber IP Index Launch Reception

The Chamber's Global Innovation Policy Center welcomes you to join us for a reception with the IP stakeholder community as it launches the 8th edition of the U.S. Chamber International IP Index, “The Art of the Possible.”