Global Intellectual Property Center

Letters and Testimonies

Letters and Testimonies

August 10, 2012 – U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue sent a letter to Mexican President Felipe Calderón Hinojosa congratulating his government on signing the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and highlighting the importance of protecting and enforcing IP.

May 8, 2012 – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s President and CEO Tom Donohue joined 32 other association heads in a letter to the White House urging the inclusion of “comprehensive and high-standard” intellectual property rights and protections in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP).

February 23, 2012 – The GIPC’s Executive Vice President, Mark Elliot, testified before the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, urging our trading partners to adopt laws that protect IP rights along with developing meaningful and effective enforcement mechanisms.

Feburary 10, 2012 – The GIPC submitted its first-ever submission for the U.S. Trade Representative’s annual Special 301 Review, highlighting overseas markets where American businesses face challenges in protecting their intellectual property rights.

January 18, 2012 – The Chamber sent a letter to Congress strongly urging support for S. 968 (PROTECT IP Act) and indicated that the results of the vote would be included in the Chamber’s annual How They Voted score card.

January 13, 2012 – The Chamber and several other business associations sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Geitner, USTR Kirk and HHS Secretary Sebelius  to express concern over the development of a World Health Organization (WHO) treaty which could negatively affect IP rights-holders.

December 16, 2011 – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to Capitol Hill applauding the Introduction of S. 2002, the Online Pharmacy Safety Act.

December 14, 2011 – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) released a letter signed by a huge coalition of 402 companies, businesses, and professional organizations in all 50 states in support of urgent Congressional action on rogue sites legislation.

December 6, 2011 – In a multi-association letter to the White House, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce urged the Administration to continue resisting efforts to weaken IP rights in negotiations at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

November 22, 2011 – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to USTR Ambassador Kirk recommending that the WTO TRIPS Council end a moratorium on the review of “Non-Violation Nullification and Impairment” (NVNI) disputes.

November 7, 2011 – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce joined other associations in calling for the EU and U.S. co-Chairs of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) to put IP protection at the forefront of their November 29, 2011 meeting agenda.

October 12, 2011 – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent a letter of support to Congress for the introduction of H.R. 2511, the “Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act” (IDPPPA).

September 22, 2011 – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) released a letter signed by a sweeping coalition of 359 companies, businesses, and professional organizations in all 50 states in support of urgent Congressional action on rogue sites legislation.

June 22, 2011 – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and GIPC submitted a written statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on “Oversight of Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Efforts.”

March 1, 2011 – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce submitted written testimony to the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet Hearing on: “Oversight of the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator.”

February 10, 2011 – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center unveiled 2011 priorities as proprosed to the White House and Congress.

January 12, 2011 – GIPC sent a letter to Jacob Lew (Director of Office of Management and Budget) and Valerie Jarrett (Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President for Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement) requesting that the President issue an Executive Order to ensure the use of legal software by federal agencies and government contractors. Our request stemmed from a recommendation in the IPEC’s National IP Strategy. The GIPC looks forward to working with the administration to continue to ensure the implementation of the IP Strategy.

July 27, 2010 – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce joins several other industry associations in a letter to Congress supporting proposals that would allow the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to utilize fees paid by patent applicants to reduce the backlog of pending applications and shorten pendency times.

April 6, 2010 – The GIPC joined a broad coalition of more than 100 small and medium-sized businesses and associations to urge the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to quickly conclude a robust Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA)

March 24, 2010 – The GIPC submitted recommendations in response to the request of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) for public comments regarding the IP joint strategic plan.

March 3, 2010 – Mark Esper, executive vice president of the GIPC, called for a full repeal of Section 211 of the FY 1999 Omnibus Appropriations Act in his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.

February 16, 2010 – The GIPC sent a letter to President Barack Obama urging for intellectual property protection and national IP strategy.

February 16, 2010 – The GIPC sent a letter to Members of the United States Congress proposing the 2010 intellectual property (IP) agenda that will protect IP rights and America’s innovative sectors as a way of spurring job creation and economic growth.

January 14, 2010 – The GIPC submitted comments in response to the Federal Communications Commission’s  Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).

October 20, 2009 – NBC’s Rick Cotton, Chairman of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce-led Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (CACP), praised the Customs Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2009 and urged the Senate to move forward with this legislation in his testimony before the Senate Finance Committee.

June 25, 2012 – The GIPC submitted comments to United States Customs and Border Protection and the Treasury Department on the disclosure of information for certain intellectual property rights enforced at the border.

July 19, 2012 – The GIPC’s President and CEO David Hirschmann provided testimony in front of the House Committe on Foreign Affairs on the global challenges to intellectual property rights and enforcement.