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

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

Above the FoldDec 09, 2019 - 9:00am
Smiling girl with woman are preparing for a Christmas and choosing a gifts for a their family.

Celebrate the Holidays by Shopping Small

Don’t forget about the numerous small businesses that support your local economy and employ your friends and neighbors.

Above the FoldJul 17, 2019 - 1:45pm
"Copyright" red rubber stamp.

Quick Take: Your Primer on the CASE Act & Protecting Small Business

Congress is considering creating a small claims court that allows small businesses to defend their copyrights.

Above the FoldJun 18, 2019 - 1:00pm
A hand holding a remote control for a video streaming device.

Quick Take: Your Primer on Digital Piracy and Its Impact on the U.S. Economy

Digital video piracy deprives the U.S. economy of at least $29.2 billion in reduced revenue each year.

Above the FoldJun 17, 2019 - 1:45pm
North America Connected

Expanding Digital Trade and IP Protection are Crucial for U.S. Small Business Growth

As online shopping grows in popularity, U.S. small businesses are finding unlimited growth potential in international markets.

Above the FoldApr 25, 2019 - 12:00pm
Domagoj Vida of Croatia heads a ball during the FIFA World Cup final match in Moscow, Russia, on Sunday, July 15, 2018.

Quick Take: Your Primer on World IP Day and IP’s Role in Sports

IP rights and incentives are what encourage and protect important innovations and mechanisms that power the sports world.

Above the FoldFeb 08, 2019 - 12:00pm
U.S. Chamber International IP Index, 7th Edition: Inspiring Tomorrow

2019 IP Index Shows IP Protections Increase Countries’ Global Competitiveness

IP-driven economies are 55% more likely to adapt to sophisticated, state-of-the-art technology, and are 26% more competitive overall.

Above the FoldMar 06, 2018 - 3:00pm
A mail crate sits in a package bin at the United States Postal Service in Washington, D.C.

What We Know – and What We Don’t – About Counterfeit Goods and Small Parcels

Small parcels are an easy means to distribute fake and often dangerous goods.

Above the FoldFeb 12, 2018 - 9:00am
GIPC's International IP Index

Protect IP to Maintain Economic Success

GIPC just released its international IP Index, which evaluates what 50 countries are doing to attract innovation and creative industries.

Above the FoldFeb 08, 2018 - 4:00pm
Sixth edition of the U.S. Chamber International IP Index: “Create”

IP Index Shows a Growing Global Commitment to Protecting Intellectual Property

World-changing IP-driven innovation requires teamwork on a global scale.

Above the FoldNov 22, 2017 - 12:00pm
Christmas online shopping

Count Out Counterfeits this Holiday Season: Top Ten Tips to #ShopSafe

This holiday shopping season many Americans will find the perfect gift, but some will end up with more than they bargained for.