Red, Blue, and IP

At the end of this election season, reds, blues, greens, and everything in between will stand shoulder to shoulder in the halls of government and legislate and make important policy decisions on behalf of the American public and industry.
While this time of year we tend to focus on what makes our leaders stand apart, it’s important to note that there are instances which bring them together. Both sides of the political spectrum understand the role innovators, creators and job producers have in the economy. Intellectual property represents new ideas and growth, and is a discipline which enjoys widespread bipartisan support.
Recognizing the immense contributions American patents, copyrights, and trademarks add in the form of jobs (55 million), GDP ($5.8 trillion), and exports (74% of total) to our economy, both parties included strong pro-IP policies in their respective platforms earlier this year:

“The administration has built partnerships to support an Internet that is secure and reliable and that is respectful of U.S. intellectual property, free flow of information, and privacy.”

– 2012 Platform of the Democratic National Committee

“Some governments have used a variety of unfair means to limit American access to their markets while stealing our designs, patents, brands, know-how, and technology-the ‘intellectual property’ that drives innovation…. Punitive measures will be imposed on foreign firms that misappropriate American technology and intellectual property.”
Even before the platforms were formally adopted, the GIPC witnessed firsthand just how important intellectual property rights are to industries in every nook and cranny of this country.
“Protecting American innovation means protecting American jobs. When thieves steal American intellectual property, they’re stealing American jobs. It really is just that simple. Offline and online, protecting American intellectual property is an economic security imperative.”
“Because intellectual property is such an engine for innovation and job growth in the United States, and because so much money is being lost to counterfeiting and piracy, it’s safe to conclude that we need to do all we can to encourage, invest in, and protect American intellectual property.”
The GIPC looks forward to working with the Administration, members of congress, and other leaders from around the country to ensure American intellectual property is reasonably enforced, respected, and promoted both here and abroad.
After all, free enterprise and economic vitality doesn’t just stem from solely red companies or blue states: promoting American competitiveness through strong IP rights is a national—dare say, purple—policy.

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