By Gina Vetere
On Friday, December 16, the U.S. Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) hosted our fifth annual United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) IP Attachés Roundtable. Comprising three panels featuring USPTO’s IP Attachés posted in Brazil, China (Guangzhou and Beijing), India, Thailand, and Geneva (WIPO) and industry representatives, the roundtable underscored the importance of the IP Attaché Program to advancing and protecting the IP rights of U.S.
By Steve Tepp
Today, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released its Special 301 Out of Cycle Review of Notorious Markets. The Chamber and GIPC commend USTR’s recognition of the pervasive problem of counterfeiting and piracy, especially as it relates to the online market.
USTR opens the report saying that “globally copyright piracy on a commercial scale and trademark counterfeiting continue to thrive, in part because of the presence of marketplaces that deal in goods and services that infringe intellectual property rights (IPR)… The scale and popularity of these markets can cause economic harm to U.S. and other IP right holders.