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Op-Ed: New numbers don’t lie: counterfeits pose a growing threat

This op-ed was originally posted in The Hill on June 20, 2016. The dangers of counterfeit goods regularly make headlines: bad brakes, knock-off tires, lead-laden children’s toys and fraudulent medicines are just a few of the ways that counterfeit goods have harmed consumers. In addition to the direct dangers counterfeits pose, they undermine legitimate enterprise
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U.S. Chamber Report Measures the Magnitude of Global Counterfeiting

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) today released Measuring the Magnitude of Global Counterfeiting, which provides a breakdown of the share of physical counterfeiting for the 38 economies included in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce International IP Index. “From fake medicines to bad brakes and lead-laden toys, counterfeit goods pose a
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INITIATIVES

Trade

Trade

With more than 95% of the world’s customers living outside of the United States, it is essential that the U.S. government open new markets by advancing trade agreements with strong intellectual property (IP) provisions.

Internet

Internet

The Internet is an invaluable tool that connects businesses with consumers. However, criminals from all over the world have abused the vibrancy of online commerce for illicit—and sometimes dangerous—gain.

Enforcement

Enforcement

Recent statistics emphasize the need for increased enforcement. IP seizures in the United States increased by more than 24% from 2010 to 2011, with 24,792 seizures recorded at a domestic value of $178.9 million.

International Advocacy

International Advocacy

The GIPC works with partners in key capitals and regions around the world to facilitate a positive and ongoing dialogue with national governments and domestic stakeholders on the importance of protecting and enforcing IP rights.

Operation in Our Sites

Operation in Our Sites

We commend the law enforcement professionals at Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the National IPR Center, and Department of Justice who are dedicated to protecting us from the economic and consumer safety threats of online counterfeiting and piracy.

Special 301

Special 301

USTR’s annual Special 301 Report is important for surveying the adequacy and effectiveness of IP rights protection by U.S. trading partners.

China

China


GIPC’s program aims to promote China’s goal of building an innovative society that benefits domestic and foreign rights holders.

India

India

Recent Indian policy, regulatory, and legal decisions have deteriorated their IP system, making India an outlier in the international community and prompting GIPC testimony in front of the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

Multilateral Organizations

Multilateral Organizations


GIPC is working to ensure that businesses and global policy makers are collaborating to create rules which preserve and protect IP rights.

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

As one of the biggest trade pacts to date, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement will set the standard for all future trade agreements in the critical Asia-Pacific region.

Multilateral Organizations

Multilateral Organizations

The Global Intellectual Property Center actively promotes the rights of creators and inventors in multilateral organizations around the world, including at the bodies of the United Nations (UN) and the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Dangerous Fakes

Dangerous Fakes

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