The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Innovation Policy Center is working around the world to champion innovation and creativity through intellectual property standards that create jobs, save lives, advance global economic and cultural prosperity, and generate breakthrough solutions to global challenges.

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Why is IP Important?

Intellectual Property Creates and Supports High-Paying Jobs

IP-intensive industries employ over 45 million Americans, and hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Jobs in IP-intensive industries are expected to grow faster over the next decade than the national average. The average worker in an IP-intensive industry earned about 46% more than his counterpart in a non-IP industry.

Intellectual Property Drives Economic Growth and Competitiveness

America’s IP is worth $6.6 trillion, more than the nominal GDP of any other country in the world. IP-intensive industries account for over 1/3– or 38.2%– of total U.S. GDP. IP accounts for 52% of all U.S. merchandise exports- which amounts to nearly $842 billion. The direct and indirect economic… [READ MORE]

Strong and Enforced Intellectual Property Rights Protect Consumers and Families

Strong IP rights help consumers make an educated choice about the safety, reliability, and effectiveness of their purchases. Enforced IP rights ensure products are authentic, and of the high-quality that consumers recognize and expect. IP rights foster the confidence and ease of mind that consumers demand and markets rely on.

Intellectual Property Helps Generate Breakthrough Solutions to Global Challenges

Nearly all of the hundreds of products on the World Health Organization’s Essential Drug List, which are critical to saving or improving people’s lives around the globe, came from the R&D-intensive pharmaceutical industry that depends on patent protections. Innovative agricultural companies are creating new products to help farmers produce more… [READ MORE]

Intellectual Property Rights Encourage Innovation and Reward Entrepreneurs

Risk and occasional failure are the lifeblood of the innovation economy. IP rights incentivize entrepreneurs to keep pushing for new advances in the face of adversity. IP rights facilitate the free flow of information by sharing the protected know-how critical to the original, patented invention. In turn, this process leads… [READ MORE]

Latest News 

Harnessing IP for Good: Recognizing Innovation on Memorial Day

This weekend, Americans will honor those servicemen and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. We will reflect on their selflessness and patriotism. At the same time, we are reminded of the work our armed forces do every day to keep us safe and preserve our freedom.... [READ MORE]

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