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Donohue Urges President to Sign Intellectual Property Bill

Tuesday, October 7, 2008 - 8:00pm

Long-term Government Support for IP Rights Essential for America's Innovation Economy and Global Competitiveness

WASHINGTON, D.C.–-In remarks before the U.S. Chamber's 5th Annual Intellectual Property Summit today, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue urged President George W. Bush to follow the Senate and House's lead and approve the PRO-IP Act.

"Now we need the President to take the final step by signing the bill into law and leaving a lasting legacy to support America's innovation economy," Donohue said in prepared remarks. "Mr. President, you will be doing a great service for the nation's innovators, workers, and consumers by signing this legislation into law."

The "Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act" (S. 3325) would toughen civil and criminal laws against counterfeiting and piracy, provide enhanced IP enforcement and prosecutorial resources, and improve IP coordination within the executive branch. With less than four weeks until Election Day, Donohue also addressed the importance of protecting innovation and intellectual property in the next administration and Congress.

"I also have a message to the 44th President and the 111th Congress," Donohue said. "A President Obama or McCain must work with Congress to provide effective leadership in support of American innovation and make intellectual property protection and enforcement a top priority."

The president must work with Congress to confirm officials for key leadership positions in the White House, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the Patent and Trademark Office, and the Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State. The U.S. Chamber feels that these highly qualified individuals should understand how critical innovation and intellectual property are to jobs, economic growth, America's global competitiveness, and the safety and well-being of consumers around the world.

The complete remarks are available at: http://www.uschamber.com/press/speeches/2008/081008_ipsummit.htm

The U.S. Chamber's Global Intellectual Property Center is working around the world to champion IP as a vital engine of global development, growth, and human progress.

The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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