US Officials Seek Public Input On Better IP Enforcement

The U.S. government wants the public’s help as it puts together the nation’s first-ever intellectual property enforcement strategy to reduce infringement both at home and abroad.

The Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator published a notice in the Federal Register on Tuesday seeking public comment on the new strategy, which is required by the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008.

Some groups already have a head start. Earlier in February, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce unveiled its own suggestions for better enforcement, saying finalizing an anti-counterfeiting treaty with trading partners and stepped-up action against online counterfeiting and digital theft should be among the top priorities.

“We are in a major point in how we deal with the infringement of intellectual property rights, both in the United States and abroad,” said Mark Esper, the executive vice president of the Global Intellectual Property Center, an arm of the chamber. “The problem is growing exponentially in the online environment.”


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