July 19, 2012

U.S. Chamber Urges Congress to Bolster Efforts to Protect America’s Intellectual Property

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, testifying before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, David Hirschmann, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC), made the following comments highlighting the challenges to intellectual property protection and enforcement abroad. Hirschmann called upon Congress to double efforts to safeguard America’s intellectual property (IP) to protect our innovative edge and the 55 million American jobs that rely on IP.

 “For the U.S. to remain the most innovative economy on Earth, we must ensure that our IP-intensive industries remain confident that copyrights, patents, and trademarks will be enforced. Sound IP policies and enforcement of IP rights abroad are essential to advancing U.S. economic recovery, driving America’s competitiveness and export growth, and creating high-quality, high-paying American jobs.

“Adequate and effective protection and enforcement of intellectual property abroad is vital to our economy. It is essential that the Administration and this Congress continue to identify ways to combat foreign theft of our creative and innovative products and the millions of jobs that these products support. The U.S. Chamber looks forward to working with members of the Committee to secure improvements in IP systems around the globe.”

For a copy of the testimony as submitted to the Committee, please click here.

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

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