October 24, 2011

U.S. Chamber Highlights Release of Public Radio Documentary on Global Fight Against IP Theft

Counterfeit Crackdown! Public Radio Program Illustrates the Need for Dedicated Resources for IP Enforcement Efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce highlighted the release of a one-hour public radio documentary by America Abroad Media, titled “Counterfeit Crackdown! The Global Fight Against Pirated Goods” that addresses the global impact of illicit trade and the importance of intellectual property (IP) enforcement efforts needed to combat this unlawful commerce. America Abroad Media earlier today held a roundtable discussion featuring prominent experts on IP enforcement who highlighted the findings of the program and urged for further crackdown on the global scourge of counterfeiting and piracy.

“This educational program illustrates that counterfeiting and piracy, is in fact, a criminal cottage industry across all countries,” says Mark Elliot, executive vice president. “Countries, large and small, are facing great challenges in protecting the innovation and creativity of their IP-intensive sectors–the U.S. is not a unique case. Just as in the U.S., protecting these sectors in other countries is vital to job creation, economic well-being, and long-term competitiveness.”

The radio program features on the ground coverage and segments on IP enforcement from India, Eastern Europe, Africa, and the United States. The program also features an exclusive interview with U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel. In the program, Espinel notes that the issue of IP enforcement is about saving jobs, promoting economic growth, and protecting consumers from dangerous products.

“The program highlights the importance of the IPEC position and demonstrates the urgency in making IP enforcement effective at home and abroad. Congress and the Administration should ensure there are dedicated resources throughout the government, including the Office of the IPEC, to effectively enforce and promote IP rights,” Elliot added.

The Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center is working around the world to champion intellectual property (IP) rights as vital to creating jobs, saving lives, advancing global economic growth, and generating breakthrough solutions to global challenges.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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