LEtter to the Editor: Protecting Interests

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

As the ranking Republican on the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) has consistently defended policies that impact the American economy, especially its businesses and workers. He has been an outspoken advocate for America’s innovators, and for this he should be commended.

The U.S. is engaged in global climate change negotiations, and during this process, some developing nations are trying to weaken international laws that protect intellectual property. If successful, these efforts could allow foreign governments to simple take environmental technologies created by American companies. Realizing the detrimental effect that this would have on innovation and job creation here in the U.S., Sensenbrenner has been a champion in Washington for protecting the IP rights of Americans, and the future jobs created by these “green” technologies.

In defending innovation, Sensenbrenner is also acting in the interest of his district and state. IP rights have played a large role in the economic growth of Wisconsin. The states innovative industries employ more than 80,000 high-tech workers and nearly 10,000 doctoral scientists and engineers.

A strong IP system fosters economic growth and job creation, and Sensenbrenner should be commended for working to protect such a vital component of our economy in a bipartisan and constructive manner.

Dr. Mark T. Esper
Executive Vice President
Global Intellectual Property Center
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

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