April 29, 2009

U.S. Chamber Pledges Continued Cooperation with EU on Intellectual Property Issues

Transatlantic IP Conference Participants Cite ACTA as Priority Issue

WASHINGTON, D.C.-The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today pledged to continue working with its European allies on key intellectual property (IP) issues.  During this week’s Transatlantic IP Collaboration Conference at the Chamber in Washington, participants urged the Obama administration to nominate its IP team and continue working towards a strong Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

“A robust transatlantic relationship is key to safeguarding intellectual property’s role in creating jobs and protecting consumers,” said Mark Esper, executive vice president of the Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center.  “Protecting jobs and consumers from the destructive impact of counterfeiting and piracy requires working with our European allies on such vital measures as ACTA.  We look forward to strengthening this partnership to protect, enforce and promote IP rights.”

In January 2008, the Transatlantic IP Collaboration project was launched to promote greater engagement and cooperation between the U.S. and the European Union on IP issues.  This week’s conference partners included the Association of European Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Austria Wirtschaftsservice, the Technopolis Group Austria, AT Consult, and the Austrian Institute for SME Research.

The Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center is working around the world to champion IP 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 more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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