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

EventJan 11, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Starting Role - GIPC event graphic for January 2021

Starring Role: Arts & Entertainment in the Pandemic Era

Hear about the economic and societal contributions made by the arts and entertainment sectors, and the challenges and opportunities they face in the pandemic era —and how a culture of creativity, innovation, and ingenuity is helping us through these unprecedented times.

Press ReleaseOct 06, 2020 - 1:00pm

U.S. Chamber Responds to India and South Africa’s Request for World Trade Organization to Ease Intellectual Property Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) Senior Vice President, Patrick Kilbride, issued the following statement regarding India and South Africa’s request for the World Trade Organization (WTO) to ease intellectual property (IP) rights.

Above the FoldAug 04, 2020 - 4:45pm
U.S. Library of Congress

U.S. Copyright Office Celebrates 150 Years of Fostering American Creativity and Innovation

This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Copyright Office. Our VP of U.S. Policy at GIPC breaks down the office's impact over the years.

Press ReleaseJul 21, 2020 - 3:30pm

New U.S. Chamber Initiative Shows the All-of-Nation Effort to Discover and Deliver Treatments, Cures and Solutions to Defeat Coronavirus    

Today, the U.S. Chamber Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) launched its Discover and Deliver initiative to show what the nation’s brightest scientific minds and most innovative companies are doing to discover effective treatments and cures for COVID-19, outlined in an interactive map which depicts where COVID-19-related innovations are being developed in the United States.  

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
Medical research

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.