Sound IP policies in the United States and abroad are essential for advancing worldwide economic development, creating high-quality jobs, and strengthening America’s global competitiveness. 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.
The momentum created by innovation and creativity not only propels individual economies forward, but can also have a positive impact on the overall global economy. To help countries harness this momentum, the Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) released an international IP roadmap for countries seeking to create jobs, fuel economic growth, and promote breakthrough solutions to global challenges.
The first-of-its-kind report, Measuring Momentum: The GIPC International IP Index, provides a robust and empirically-based measurement and point of comparison of the national IP environments in 11 countries of varying sizes and degrees of development.
The GIPC’s global IP efforts are focused on building broad coalitions and identifying new advocates to promote and defend effective IP rules while working to strengthen enforcement efforts overseas through the following priorities:
Advance Trade Agreements with Strong IP Provisions
With 74% of exports stemming from U.S. IP-intensive companies, it is essential that the U.S. government open new markets by advancing trade agreements with strong IP provisions. The GIPC co-chairs the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) Business Coalition’s IP Task Force. This is a broad-based industry group seeking to advance robust IP provisions in the TPP, similar to those contained in the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement. The task force engages regularly and actively with the administration, Congress, and the TPP negotiating countries to promote a high standard IP chapter in the TPP agreement. In addition, the GIPC looks forward to seeing the entry into force of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
Build Alliances Globally
GIPC seeks to promote vibrant and effective IP policies in the global arena by working with a diverse network of allies to communicate the value of intellectual property protection to job creation and economic and cultural development. For example, in Geneva, GIPC has conducted a series of programs, in partnership with country-based Missions in Geneva, to champion the value of strong IP protection and enforcement to economic development, particularly in developing countries.
In addition, GIPC has commissioned and released research on the value of strong IP protections to fostering innovation, which we have promoted in bilateral and multilateral fora. Most recently, GIPC launched an international pro-IP campaign, IP Delivers, which provides an online platform for IP promotion and education for international audiences.
GIPC also engages the U.S. administration and Congress urging them to advance and defend a robust international system of IP rights and norms by remaining vigilant against efforts to weaken IP rights in international institutions.
Address IP Challenges and Opportunities in Key Markets
- China- GIPC’s program aims to promote China’s goal of building an innovative society that benefits domestic and foreign rights holders.
- India- The GIPC works with both the Government of India and United States Government to foster relationships, open dialogue and provide the necessary tools and education to promote IP rights in India.
- Multilateral Organizations (MLOs)- GIPC is working to ensure that businesses and global policy makers are collaborating to create rules which preserve and protect IP rights.
- Other Markets- The GIPC monitors and engages other key markets from around the world to promote effective IP systems. Please see our work on Special 301 and the GIPC’s International IP Index.