February 10, 2011

U.S. Chamber Unveils 2011 Intellectual Property Agenda

Global Intellectual Property Center Urges Congress and Administration to Strengthen Rules and Expand Resources to Advance IP Agenda

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) today released its 2011 intellectual property (IP) agenda as proposed to the U.S. Congress and the Obama administration. The recommendations include both domestic and international policy issues, focusing on passing rogue website legislation to address internet piracy, strengthening IP protections in trade negotiations, and expanding government-wide resources to better protect and promote IP rights.

“Working with Members of Congress from both parties, the administration, organized labor, and a broad coalition of business interests, we have a real opportunity this year to address the biggest threats to intellectual property-dependent jobs,” said David Hirschmann, president and CEO of the GIPC. “We urge Congress and the administration to enact legislation that addresses the pervasive issue of rogue websites dedicated to stealing America’s most innovative and creative products as well as to advance trade agreements—including the emerging Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement—with robust IP provisions.”

The GIPC also recommends expanding the level of dedicated funding and resources for IP enforcement activities throughout the government to ensure the utmost level of efficiency and effectiveness. The GIPC’s proposals to Congress and the administration are available here.

“Now more than ever, we need to join forces and advance proactive policies that promote and protect IP,” added Hirschmann. “The GIPC will continue to work with Congress and the Obama administration in support of a pro-IP agenda that protects consumers, creates jobs, spurs economic growth, and helps restore America’s global competitiveness.”

The Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center is working around the world to champion intellectual property 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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