June 23, 2010

U.S. Chamber Urges Congressional Action on IP Enforcement Strategy

In Senate Testimony, Hirschmann Says Implementation will Create Jobs, Strengthen Economy


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Testifying before the Senate today, David Hirschmann, president and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC), commended the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) for releasing the first-ever government-wide National IP Enforcement Strategy and urged Congressional action to implement the plan.

“The release of this plan is a historic and necessary step toward improving the effectiveness and efficiency of federal IP enforcement,” Hirschmann said while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee today.  “But we also recognize that implementing it clearly presents a much greater challenge, which is why the GIPC and our members stand ready to work with Congress and the administration to that end.  We need to continue to build the capacity of the federal government to address the exponentially growing theft of intellectual property that threatens entire industries, hundreds of thousands of jobs, and our innovation economy.”

“The development and release by the IPEC of a first-ever government-wide, IP enforcement strategy is a positive step toward ensuring that we comprehensively address the multiple threats to IP – both in the physical and digital world,” he said.  “We encourage this committee and others to carefully examine this White House plan and thoughtfully consider what legislative action might be necessary.”
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 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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