April 24, 2009

U.S. Chamber Recognizes World IP Day

Donohue Touts Green Innovation’s Role in Our Economy

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, today commemorated World Intellectual Property Day (Sunday, April 26) and called on governments, industry, and other stakeholders around the world to step up efforts to protect and promote green innovation as key to meeting the world’s economic, energy, and environmental challenges.

“This past week, we have seen green innovation’s enormous impact on our economy as businesses celebrated Earth Day by showcasing their efforts to develop cleaner, more energy-efficient technologies that create jobs,” said Donohue.  “Over the years, the goals of Earth Day and World Intellectual Property Day have become increasingly linked as businesses invest billions and employ thousands of scientists, engineers, and other workers to develop new clean technologies that will revolutionize how we produce and use energy.”

“Today more than ever, we need to safeguard and strengthen intellectual property rights that encourage green R&D investments and will accelerate a new generation of green jobs,” he added.

On April 26 of each year, governments, businesses, and organizations around the globe join the World Intellectual Property Organization in celebrating World Intellectual Property Day.  This year’s focus is on “promoting green innovation as the key to a secure future.”

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 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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