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IP Creates Jobs for America

IP Creates Jobs for America

Intellectual property is a proven driver of U.S. economic growth. In a first-of-its-kind report, the GIPC found that IP creates jobs, spurs R&D, exports, and output in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Click here for the executive summary and please visit www.IPCreatesJobs.com for our individual state fact sheets.

U.S. Chamber Highlights Role of IP in Creating Jobs, Strengthening America’s Global Competitiveness

U.S. Chamber Highlights Role of IP in Creating Jobs, Strengthening America’s Global Competitiveness

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Speaking at an event hosted by the White House today, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue hailed intellectual property (IP) as a catalyst to America’s job creation and economic growth. Donohue pledged to continue to work with all stakeholders to champion IP protection at home and abroad while highlighting the findings of Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: Industries in Focus report—an economic study by the U.S. Department of Commerce that ties employment and value-added numbers to IP-intensive industries.

“If we’re going to continue to be the most innovative economy on Earth, we must ensure that American IP-intensive industries remain confident that their copyrights, patents, and trademarks will be enforced,” said Donohue.

Employment and Gross Output of Intellectual Property Companies in the United States

Employment and Gross Output of Intellectual Property Companies in the United States

Innovation is a key determinant of the global competitiveness of American businesses. IP companies are those who produce intellectual property (IP) or who apply IP in producing their goods and services. IP companies contribute substantially to U.S. output and employment and generate a large number of well-paying jobs for both white- and blue-collar workers. Based on the latest U.S. offi cial data, we estimate that, in 2008, IP companies in manufacturing and nonmanufacturing sectors employed more than 19 million workers and accounted for 16.3 percent of U.S. employment. In the same year, IP companies generated about $7.7 trillion in gross output, accounting for 33.1 percent of U.S. gross output. The innovation emanating from these companies is a key driver of sustained long-term economic growth and productivity, which are especially important in light of the current sluggish economic recovery and high unemployment.

Key Findings

The Impact of Innovation and the Role of IP Rights on U.S. Productivity, Competitiveness, Jobs, Wages and Exports

The Impact of Innovation and the Role of IP Rights on U.S. Productivity, Competitiveness, Jobs, Wages and Exports

Intellectual property (IP) rights and innovation are primary drivers of job creation and American economic growth. Today’s global IP rights system is designed to incentivize individuals, small businesses and large corporations to invest in the advancements that make our lives better. The dollars applied to research and development (R&D) not only lead to novel creations—from life saving medicines and environmental-friendly technologies to first class entertainment such as books, movies, and music—but also stimulate the economy, create jobs, and enhance American competitiveness.


Conducted by Dr. Nam Pham of NDP Consulting, “The Impact of Innovation and the Role of Intellectual Property Rights on U.S.

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