Crossposted from the Global Intellectual Property Center's blog.
When we think about intellectual property (IP) issues, it’s easy to focus on the bad guys—the criminal organizations, the plotting foreign governments, the online pirates, the counterfeiters, and the hacktivists—and the dangerous consequences of their illicit activities. They pose very real threats in a global economy. But there’s a positive side to the story that sometimes gets lost in the debate over IP rights.
Sometimes learning life lessons can be hard, as independent video game developer Greenhart Games recently found out. Greenhart decided to release a doctored version of its “Game Dev Tycoon” to pirate sites at the same time the original hit the stores. The gist of the game is to have players fulfill their fantasies of becoming game developers themselves, chockfull of all the trials and tribulations of business development.
There was a time before rail revolutionized how we move goods. There was a life before computers changed every aspect of our lives. There was even a time before smartphones shared our text messages and Facebook posts. And in the not-so-distant future, we may say there was a time before 3-D printers helped build our houses.
Brain power will get more of its due by official scorekeepers of the U.S. economy.
Note: This post originally appeared on the Global Intellectual Property Center's blog.
Millions of teenage girls around the country will fork over their hard-earned dollars from babysitting gigs and after-school jobs to make their prom night memorable. While some of these purchases are meant to be fake—eyelashes, tans, or hair extensions—others could be less than they bargained for.
Twinkies are rumored to be able to survive nuclear war, and the iconic brand proved its resiliency—and value—yesterday. After only a few months since the Hostess brand’s liquidation announcement, Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management will fire up the ovens once more for this tasty cake (and its siblings, Ding Dong and Wonder Bread) and reintroduce it to stores.
With one of the globe’s largest economies, India is leading the way in a variety of industries. From software to biotech to textiles, India boasts an array of successful, growing businesses that provide a model for other developing nations. Unfortunately, the only thing standing in India’s path as a leader in innovation is India itself. When it comes to intellectual property (IP) protection, India comes in last.
Sophisticated cyber attacks are on the rise, most recently targeting federal agencies, media outlets, social networking sites, top corporations, and leading financial institutions. According to the U.S. government, China is by far the most significant perpetrator of state-sponsored cyber espionage, but other governments, such as Russia and Iran, are engaged in similar efforts.
The president will outline his second-term agenda during his State of the Union speech on Tuesday night. With 23 million people unemployed, underemployed, or who have stopped looking for work, the American public wants to hear from the president about policies that create jobs. Below are shareable tweets about each item in the Chamber’s Jobs & Growth agenda. Although the message in each tweet is important, we are asking our readers to select those they think are the most important to the future of the U.S. economy by retweeting them.
It’s like a scene from a Hollywood movie. A disease that most Americans think of as something exclusive to the third world comes to the U.S. The drugs that have long been used to treat the disease are resistant. The epidemic begins.
It’s not as far-fetched as it should be.
Are you ready for the big game on Sunday? Friends invited? Buffalo wings ordered? Kapernick jersey clean?
Wait—Kapernick? It’s spelled Kaepernick. That jersey you scored for half the retail price doesn’t look like such a great deal now.
Today, the NFL held its Counterfeit Super Bowl Merchandise and Tickets Press Conference. The annual conference is a reminder that whether you cheer for the Ravens, the 49ers, or the commercials, no one is immune to the risks of counterfeit goods.
Leave the Fakes on the Football Field
...An Airbag in My Minivan
The 24-year-old U.N. telecom rules were updated today, but not without controversy. At one point the U.S., U.K., Canada, and other nations went so far as to walk out on the talks and ultimately refused to sign the treaty over concerns about expanded UN authorities over the Internet.
To the average person, an international conference can seem like a tree falling in the forest with no discernable sound. Not so in Dubai this week, as the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), pronounced “wicket,” is looking at proposals to dramatically expand the UN’s International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) authority over the Internet.
Yes, the whole Internet. The same one you use every day. Do we have your attention now?
Outdated Rules Shouldn’t Be Exchanged for Bad Rules
The well-reported death of the Twinkie and the legendary brand that brought us these all-American sugary confections continues to haunt the sweet tooth in all of us. But with every end is a new beginning and there is hope that Hostess may be reincarnated by intellectual property (IP).
Recent high-profile cyberattacks have renewed congressional interest in passing a stalled cybersecurity bill supported by the U.S. Chamber and the business community, according to the chair of the House Intelligence Committee.
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) pointed to recent security breaches by China and Iran and threats from Russia. “Now there are new levels of threats, with very real consequences. Because of that, there’s a rekindled interest in getting something done in the lame duck.”
Have you ever purchased a counterfeit good? Most reading this would answer in the negative, but do you really know? Counterfeiters are in the business of deception and have mastered the art of imitation, disguising potentially dangerous fakes as real products. At best, the illicit good will serve its basic function while lining the pockets of criminals. At worst, it could fail and cause harm to you and your family.
Note: This item originally appeared on the Global IP Center's blog.
Studies and seizure statistics are showing that the business of trafficking dangerous fakes is alive and growing rapidly. According to the U.S. Customs and Bureau Protection last year alone we experienced a 44% increase in seizures for health and safety products, valued at more than $60 million.
ABC News reported today that over 20,000 pairs of counterfeit Louboutin shoes were seized at the Los Angeles/Long Beach seaport. If those pairs were real, they would have added up to a value of $18 million, a significant number considering the $178.3 million in counterfeit goods U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) seized last year.
Do you trust your medicines? Your smoke detectors? Your brake pads?
Are you sure?
On Tuesday, a team from the Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) visited New York City for the debut of a consumer awareness video ad airing in Times Square aimed at drawing attention to the problem of counterfeit goods. While we were in town, we interviewed passersby about the ad’s content. Their comments solidified the importance of spreading the word about the dangers of fakes.
The U.S. Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) is proud to officially launch its international informational campaign, IP Delivers. Today, more than ever, intellectual property (IP) is critical to propelling the development and distribution of breakthrough technologies and content that enriches our economies and our lives.
Think public policy choices don’t impact a country’s economic health? Look at the stark differences between the thriving market-driven democracy of South Korea and the highly centralized North Korean regime, plagued by chronic economic problems.
We’ve got a strong example of the positive effects of good policies even closer to home—Canada. Why has our northern neighbor recovered faster and more robustly from the global recession than nearly all other major economies? Due to a series of smart policy decisions.
Recently, the US Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center commissioned a study on the economic impacts of intellectual property (IP) on jobs across America. The findings may come as a surprise to many people around the country, but they certainly won’t shock anyone here in the Sunflower State.
At the G-20 meetings that began in Los Cabos, Mexico, there will be much talk about Europe’s economic troubles and Mexico's invitation to Trans-Pacific Partnership talks. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, U.S.
Innovation is what keeps our economy humming, our businesses hiring, and our standard of living improving. With unemployment persistently high and economic growth sputtering, we need more innovation to spur and sustain our recovery.
America has always led the world in innovation because we are a nation of dreamers and doers, fueled by free enterprise. But we’re in a 21st century global race, competing for the world’s talent, customers, capital, and ideas.
U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) released a first-of-its-kind study breaking out the economic benefits of intellectual property (IP) on a state-by-state level.
By measuring R&D spending, the number of scientists and engineers, and the amount of patents, trademarks, and copyrights produced, the study, IP Creates Jobs for America, found that “intellectual property’s economic contributions are evident across all states, large and small,” said GIPC executive vice president, Mark Elliot.
Note: This article originally appeared on the Global Intellectual Property Center blog.
Today, as we celebrate the 12th annual World Intellectual Property Day, we find ourselves reflecting on the heightened dialogue surrounding intellectual property (IP) over the past year. What has become very evident is the fact that so few people—from elected officials, to the public, to business leaders—actually know what IP is.
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William McQuillen and Brian Wingfield
More than a quarter of all jobs in the U.S. are with companies that rely on patents, copyrights and trademarks to protect products from competition and promote investment, the Commerce Department said.
Today the House of Representatives introduced an important piece of legislation, the Online Pharmacy Safety Act (H.R. 4095), which will advance consumer online safety as it pertains to ordering prescriptions online. Under the leadership of Rep. Bill Cassidy M.D. (R-LA) and Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR), this bill protects consumers by closing a loophole in the definition of a “valid prescription” and creating a public registry of legitimate online pharmacies.
In today’s connected world, small and midsized businesses are being recruited for their big ideas. Companies like Procter & Gamble (P&G), Siemens, and General Mills are reaching beyond their own research and development teams to harness open innovation, a business model that promotes collaboration with suppliers, partners, and customers to create innovative products.
This week’s official visit by Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping highlights the importance of the economic relationship between the U.S. and China – and the challenges faced within the bilateral relationship. U.S companies recognize the immense opportunity of the growing Chinese market, but continue to be frustrated by a number of trade and investment issues, particularly the protection and enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights in China.
Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sent a reminder to Congress that the world’s largest business organization takes the protection of intellectual property seriously and consequently, will be including next week’s vote on S. 968, the PROTECT IP Act, in its annual How They Voted scorecard.
Today, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Tom Donohue delivered his annual State of American Business address, which highlighted the challenges and priorities facing the business community in 2012. In particular, Donohue looked to intellectual property (IP) rights and the pending rogue sites bills as vehicles for maintaining American competitiveness.
Today, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released its Special 301 Out of Cycle Review of Notorious Markets. The Chamber and GIPC commend USTR’s recognition of the pervasive problem of counterfeiting and piracy, especially as it relates to the online market.
Yesterday, Senator Feinstein (CA), joined by Senator Sessions (AL), Schumer (NY), and Cornyn (TX), introduced the Online Pharmacy Safety Act (S. 2002). This important bill will promote public health and safety and improves patient access to safe online pharmacies by establishing a registry of legitimate online pharmacies, and by defining “valid prescription” for purposes of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act.
Legislation to tackle online intellectual property theft moved ahead this week as the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to discuss the issue of rogue websites.
Representatives from the Motion Picture Association of America, Pfizer, MasterCard, the AFL-CIO, Google, and the Register of Copyrights testified at the November 16 hearing.
Today, many are taking to the World Wide Web to celebrate the goofyness that is “International Talk Like a Pirate Day.” While we wholeheartedly endorse having a good time, today provides us with an opportunity to point out that piracy—on the high seas and on the open Web—is not all fun and games.
As we’ve carried on our Rogue Site of the Week program throughout the course of 2011, one thing is blatantly obvious: criminals and operators of these sites fail to develop original ideas so they free ride on well-known brands–even ski jackets. Yes, ski jackets. While this blog isn’t meant to be a prognostication for our fall and winter weather, I’d like to highlight the ridiculous lengths that online criminals go to make a quick buck. Ski parkas, hiking gear, and outdoor equipment are no exception to the brand name hijacking that’s commonplace for businesses small and large.
As Congress begins to hammer out its jobs agenda this fall, we have just one particular request: protect American jobs by getting rogue sites legislation done. In fact, enacting rogue sites legislation was featured prominently alongside other critical job creating tools in the Chamber’s jobs agenda letter sent to the President and Congress last week.
Yes, Congress can occasionally get things done. Yesterday, the Senate followed the House of Representatives in passing the American Invents Act, an important piece of legislation that will revitalize the patent system. The legislation will ensure the U.S.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) issued its 8 millionth patent--"a visual prosthesis apparatus that enhances visual perception for people who have gone blind due to outer retinal degeneration."
The ideas that have been protected through the patent system have built industries, employed millions, and improved the quality of life of every American.
A few weeks ago, we spotlighted the consumer safety risks posed by rogue sites by introducing you to Glenda Billerbeck, whose friend Marcia Mooty Bergeron was killed by counterfeit prescriptions she purchased from a rogue site. This week, we turn our attention to the issue of online piracy. While images of superstars may populate our minds, the truth is that those types of artists are in the minority.
For the past few months, I have used this space to highlight a variety of rogue websites engaged in intellectual property theft across numerous sectors of the U.S. economy. Today I want to tell the story about a site that has made a dramatic step in the right direction. Given recent history, this news may have caught many by surprise. Last week, Baidu, China’s No. 1 search engine, announced a major licensing deal with several major music labels.
By Glenda Billerbeck
It’s difficult to believe that your life could be at stake with one click of the mouse. Sure, online shopping is convenient and cheap, but since when is it a health hazard? With the vast array of websites out there, even the most careful of consumers are easily duped into purchasing fake products. These counterfeit products pose a very serious health risk to consumers. Counterfeiting can kill. I know. It killed my close friend, Marcia Mooty Bergeron.
Today, the Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) welcomed a letter from Members of the U.S. House of Representatives expressing their support of strong intellectual property (IP) protections in the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP). The bipartisan letter, led by Reps. Murphy (D-CT), Coble (R-NC), and Mack (R-CA) was sent last week to President Barack Obama urging strong IP provisions in the trade agreement. We commend Reps.
The GIPC’s “Rogue Site of the Week” campaign has shed light on a series of rogue websites peddling counterfeit goods and pirated content to unsuspecting consumers. In the sports and entertainment industry, it’s well-documented that counterfeit dealers are using the Internet to arrange sales of counterfeit sports apparel. A report from brand-protection firm, MarkMonitor, provided a detailed analysis of the five major sports brands and found more than 1,300 rogue websites selling counterfeit jerseys.
The U.S. Chamber is urging members of the House to pass legislation that would speed up the patent application process.
We can all name our favorite TV and movie stars. They entertain us, help us unwind, and make us think. But could you name your favorite gaffer, lighting director, or catering crew? Probably not. The fact is that these individuals and small businesses are critical for the production of motion pictures, TV series, documentaries, and many other creative products we take for granted. In short, without them, we wouldn’t have the reprieve from the daily grind that we value so much.
Videogames have been a leisure activity for Americans for decades and now even a method of exercising for the young and old. In fact, 67 percent of American households play computer or video games. While we all may not be dedicated gamers, I imagine everyone can remember the first time they played their first videogame system. In the United States, the entertainment software industry has emerged as a multi-billion dollar industry, generating sales of $10.5 billion in 2009. And the sector has grown significantly, from 2005 to 2009; the industry's annual growth rate exceeded 10 percent.
Today, Acting Register Maria Pallante was appointed Register of Copyrights for the U.S. Copyright Office by the Librarian of Congress, Dr. James H. Billington. The GIPC enthusiastically welcomes Pallante’s appointment, which positions her at the helm of a key American IP institution.
Recently the Business Software Alliance (BSA) released a new study on the increasing volume of software theft worldwide. The research presents the state of software piracy rates in 116 countries, public opinions on the benefits of intellectual property (IP) rights and strategies for addressing the growth of IP theft globally.
Recently, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) initiated another round of domain seizures of rogue websites. ICE’s latest and fifth round of seizures, netted 5 domain names that were being abused as rogue websites aimed at IP theft of illegal digital content and offering knock-off consumer products.
The exploding golf ball trick is a common practical joke that any seasoned golfer has likely experienced a few times in their lives. The joke that many golfers aren’t expecting is the surprise that the new set of clubs they recently purchased are completely fake. This is not a new issue and now rogue sites have teed up an even easier flow of counterfeit golf products into the United States and other developed markets.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris is the latest state attorney general to send a letter of her state's support for enacting rogue websites legislation. Last week, 42 State Attorneys General sent a letter in boisterous support for Congressional action to address online intellectual property (IP) theft.
Earlier this week, the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) issued its report titled, “China: Effects of Intellectual Property Infringement and Indigenous Innovation Policies on the U.S. Economy.” It is no secret that for years China has been the source of a tremendous amount of counterfeit and pirated goods, undercutting legitimate products in China, the U.S., and around the world. But quantifying the extent of the harm has been notoriously difficult and elusive.
Last month, Kenyan runner Geoffry Mutai ran the fastest marathon ever, taking the title of the 2011 Boston Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 3 minutes, and 2 seconds. Mutai’s time is a course record by nearly three minutes and the fastest marathon run by nearly a minute. Professionals in their craft need tools, and the tools of a marathon runner are the shoes on their feet. Longer distance running requires shoes that provide exceptional stability and comfort to help prevent the injuries that are all too common in the last miles of a marathon.
A bipartisan group of senators is getting involved in one of the U.S. Chamber’s key issues—the fight to crack down on websites dedicated to online piracy and counterfeiting.
Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the PROTECT IP Act on May 12. This measure would provide an enhanced legal tool against rogue sites that steal American jobs and threaten consumers’ health and safety.
The fight against online theft is kicking into high gear with the introduction of the PROTECT IP Act in the Senate.
Today, Senator Leahy and nine other Senators introduced the PROTECT IP Act, legislation that will crack down on websites dedicated to online piracy and counterfeiting.
Last week, the GIPC kicked-off its Rogue Site of the Week initiative, which is designed to educate consumers, policymakers, etc,... on the trickery and elusiveness of websites dedicated to stealing American intellectual property (IP). This week’s Rogue Site of the Week – www.stuff-trade.com – was seized by U.S.
Today, the GIPC kicked off its “Rogue Site of the Week” project, which is designed to educate consumers on the trickery and elusiveness of websites dedicated to stealing American intellectual property (IP). Most importantly, this initiative is aimed at showing Congress the need to enact rogue sites legislation. Our inaugural featured rogue site is www.nfljerseysupply.net, formerly known as www.nfljerseysupply.com before it was seized by U.S.
Internet piracy isn’t worth the risk—just ask a California man who pleaded guilty yesterday to one count of conspiracy to commit copyright infringement and now faces a sentence of five years in prison and $250,000 fine. The defendant was a member of an Internet music release group operating under the name of “Old School Classics” (OSC).
Today marks World Intellectual Property Day, as designated by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) more than 10 years ago. As we reflect on the contributions made by the world’s innovative and creative industries to economic and social development, it is only appropriate to also consider the challenges these industries and our economies face as IP theft proliferates around the globe.
Earlier today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center proudly stood shoulder to shoulder with leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees from both major parties and labor representatives at a press conference highlighting the problem of rogue websites and the need to cut them off from the U.S. market to create American jobs, protect consumers, and allow the Internet to flourish as a legitimate online marketplace.
The purpose of a patent is defined in the U.S. Constitution to encourage innovation. A patent does not give the patent owner the right to produce a product that uses the patented invention. In fact, the opposite is true. A patent gives the owner the right to exclude others from using the patented invention. A patent is a limited monopoly granted to an inventor by the federal government.
Yesterday, the Brazil-U.S. Business Council trade delegation concluded the last day in Brazil with visit to São Paulo, the largest state economy in Brazil. The delegation met with a variety of U.S. and Brazilian government officials as well as key industry representatives ranging from Fred Hochberg (President and Chairman of the Export-Import Bank), Ambassador Thomas Shannon (U.S. Ambassador to Brazil), Carlos Cavalcanti (the Director of Energy for Federal of Industries of the State of Paulo), and Luciano Almeida (President of Invest São Paulo).
The Chamber’s Global IP Center applauds Victoria Espinel, the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, for today’s release of the Administration White Paper on Intellectual Property Enforcement Legislative Recommendations. We commend Victoria for her continued leadership and whole-heartedly support many of the recommendations she puts forth.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center applauds the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet for holding a hearing today on "Promoting Investment and Protecting Commerce Online: Legitimate Sites v. Parasites, Part I."
Last week law enforcement officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) made a groundbreaking arrest in the fight against rogue websites. The defendant is alleged to have illegally streamed live, copyrighted sports broadcasts via a website–channelsurfing.net.
Today, Victoria Espinel testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet regarding the U.S. government’s efforts to protect American innovation and creativity. This marked the first time she has appeared before a House Judiciary panel since being confirmed as the nation’s first Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) in December 2009.
Today the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the harm that rogue websites cause the American economy and the remedies needed to curb online intellectual property (IP) theft. The members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, through the leadership of Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA), guaranteed that Congressional action will be taken against rogue sites. As demonstrated by every statement made at the hearing, there continues to be strong bipartisan support for rogue sites legislation.
Today, a broad coalition of more than 130 organizations—small, medium and large businesses, professional and labor organizations, and trade associations joined the chorus of support for the introduction and enactment of rogue sites legislation. This letter was delivered to all Members of Congress on behalf of over 80 businesses and professional and labor organizations, representing over 1.5 million jobs and workers, and over 50 trade associations represent
Today, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations sent Valentine’s Day cards in the form of 18 domain seizures to counterfeiters on rogue websites offering counterfeit jewelry, luxury handbags, perfumes, and other consumer goods. This is a new round of seizures in ICE’s Operation in Our Sites initiative–an ongoing program aimed at fighting back counterfeiting and piracy over the Internet.
As part of our Campaign Against Online Theft, the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (CACP) is pleased to unveil our newest video which highlights the growing scourge of online IP infringement vis-à-vis “rogue websites.” The video showcases the multiple threats these sites pose—stealing our jobs, harming our consumers, and stifling our economic growth.
Yesterday, President Obama issued an Executive Order establishing two White House Intellectual Property advisory committees, including the formation of an interagency Senior Intellectual Property Enforcement Advisory Committee.
This Sunday, two classic National Football League franchises, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers, face one another in Super Bowl XLV. Unbeknownst to many, the battle on the gridiron will be flanked by another battle outside of Cowboys Stadium and on the Internet–law enforcement agents against counterfeiters and criminals using the glitz and glamour of this annual spectacle to make a quick buck. Some folks are learning the hard way that these activities will not be tolerated, as the U.S.
Frontier Economics has released a report at the Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy’s (BASCAP) Sixth Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting and Piracy concluding that global counterfeiting and piracy rob G20 economies of 2.5 million jobs.
Today, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation hosted a discussion on Internet bandwidth and online piracy. A panel of experts came together to discuss a new study released by Envisional that estimates the amount of Internet traffic attributed to online piracy and the transfer of infringing content. The study found that such traffic totals over 22% of all global Internet bandwidth.
Tonight, in his State of the Union address, the President highlighted the need to turn to American innovation to create jobs, compete in the global economy, and build an economic infrastructure that provides a prosperous future for our children and our country. A key element to achieve the goals the President set out tonight is to protect and promote our intellectual property (IP) rights. The facts are clear. IP-based companies account for 60 percent U.S. exports, help drive more than 33 percent of our economic growth, and employ over 19 million Americans.
Earlier today, I had the privilege of participating in the White House Forum on Intellectual Property Theft with senior Administration officials including: Attorney General Eric Holder, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, Director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement John Morton, and IP Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel. Numerous consumer safety advocates and industries representatives participated in this forum on the health and safety risks presented by counterfeit goods.
Recent reports over the weekend have indicated that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in cooperation with the Justice Department (DOJ) and the National IPR Coordination Center, has seized more than 70 websites dedicated to selling counterfeit goods and/or pirating copyrighted materials. With the official announcement coming on Cyber Monday, this second phase of ‘Operation In Our Sites’ could not have been more timely.
Today, a coalition of 28 business groups, including some of the most job-producing industries in our economy, ran an ad in Roll Call calling for Congressional action against rogue websites--those that are dedicated to selling counterfeit goods and/or pirating copyrighted materials.
Today, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiating parties have released the final text of the Agreement following the discussion and resolution of the remaining issues. The conclusion of a robust and comprehensive ACTA this year is a major step forward in our international efforts to protect innovators, workers and consumers all around the world.
Today, the Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) hosted its last Speaker Series event of 2010, focusing on a discussion of the successes of intellectual property (IP) enforcement in the past year and future plans to crack down on counterfeiting and piracy in the upcoming year. The event was highlighted by a keynote address by John Morton, Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
I remember a time when watching your favorite movie meant having to wait for it to air on one of the broadcast networks. "On demand," DVDs, and Web downloads were foreign concepts.
When you called a friend who wasn’t home, you were out of luck -- there was no answering machine or voice mail. When you wanted to reach your teenage daughter, you actually dialed her up and spoke to her on the phone -- texting was an unknown phenomenon.
When you wanted to catch up with a friend, you’d grab dinner together -- not check his Facebook page.
The problem of rogue websites selling illegal goods is growing, as is the support for a bill that would tackle this problem. Intellectual property (IP)—a key component to our economic growth and development—is a cornerstone of nearly every industry, including medical, entertainment, software, energy, electronics, biotech, fashion, automotive, and consumer goods. Similarly, the theft of IP—specifically the growing problem of online counterfeiting and piracy—has damaging effects on American industry.
Today’s release of the ACTA text marks an important step forward in the negotiations between 40 countries working to raise the bar for intellectual property enforcement. Better enforcement of IP rights around the world will help strengthen the global economy, create new jobs, and protect consumers from dangerous products.
Chamber Responds to Center for Democracy and Technology's Comments Regarding the Leahy-Hatch Online Piracy Bill
Online counterfeiting and piracy is a destructive force that hurts the American economy, and the Leahy-Hatch bill addresses this illegal behavior by targeting the worst of the worst counterfeiters and copyright pirates online. The assertion that this legislation equates to foreign political censorship is erroneous and does not accurately reflect this bill. Effective action against criminals whose products can kill and whose illicit profits steal American jobs is vastly different from foreign political censorship.
Assistant Secretary John Fernandez – Working to Take America’s Great Ideas to the Global Marketplace
For centuries, America has been called the innovation nation. We are unique for our spirit of entrepreneurism, our willingness to take risks, and our efforts to turn new ideas into products that enrich our lives. It is our innovation and creativity that drives America’s competitiveness and helps us remain the world’s leading innovator.
Earlier today, the European Parliament voted (328 to 245) to adopt a report prepared by Marielle Gallo (French-Member of the Parliament), which outlines the European Union’s policy on intellectual property (IP) protection.
The harm that digital theft and piracy have on our economic livelihood is well-documented. Two new studies, released last week by the Business Software Alliance (BSA) and computer security giant McAfee, further illustrate the damaging effects of online intellectual property (IP) theft for our economic growth, jobs, and consumers.
Doug Oberhelman, CEO of Caterpillar has a great piece in the Chicago Tribune:
The dangers of counterfeit drugs continue to grow, and garner more attention. In case you missed it, Dan Rather recently conducted a video report, “Counterfeit Prescription Drugs a Growing Threat,” from Nigeria—the most populous country in Africa with 150 million people.
Today, our nation’s capital welcomes the arrival of our trading partners for the 10th round of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations. With only four months left in 2010, the U.S. Chamber’s Global IP Center has high hopes that the negotiating partners stay committed in efforts to conclude a strong ACTA in 2010. In this time of economic instability, we simply cannot afford to wait any longer.
Earlier today, federal law enforcement kicked up their intellectual property (IP) enforcement efforts a notch by announcing the arrests of 11 San Francisco merchants, who have been charged with trafficking counterfeit apparel and accessories worth millions of dollars. These commendable actions by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S.
Today, the GIPC is pleased to unveil our newest video, highlighting the importance of intellectual property to America’s job growth and economic prosperity. This video showcases the important facts about IP, such as—IP-dependent industries represent 40% of America's economic growth, account for more than $5 trillion of the gross domestic product, and comprise more than half of all exports. Additionally, 18 million Americans work in IP-intensive industries. These jobs often pay better and are expected to grow faster over the next decade than the national average.
By Dr. John Spink, Michigan State University
Most new jobs and economic growth are created by innovative start-up companies that rely upon venture capital for funding. The majority of the managers of these funds will invest only after the grant of patents can assure a return on investment. So the faster patents are granted, the faster the increase in jobs and growth.
Join us next Wednesday (July 21, at 9:30 a.m.) to hear Judge Paul R. Michel, recently retired Chief Judge of the federal court that decides all patent appeals, speaks out about America's patent system. Having served the past 22 years on the U.S.
Government agencies need to do a better job of educating small businesses on their rights when it comes to intellectual property and give greater priority to small business counterfeiting and piracy complaints, according to a representative of small technology companies.
Today, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) announced the launch of "Operation In Our Sites," a new initiative aimed fighting counterfeiting and piracy over the Internet. These actions should be commended as they will play a pivotal role in cracking down on the internet piracy that is harming our economy and costing American jobs.
The Obama Administration, Congress, and the private sector must work together to further refine and implement a plan to crack down on intellectual property theft and strengthen our economy.
Today, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) joined BUSINESSEUROPE and the International Intellectual Property Protection Forum of Japan in calling for the conclusion of a strong Anti-Counterfeiting and Trade Agreement (ACTA). In a Tri-lateral Statement issued today, European, Japanese and American business voices called for a strong agreement that "results in more effective enforcement of IP rights," while strengthening the global economy, creating jobs and protecting consumers from dangerous products.
You have to go back a long way – perhaps to the invention of the printing press, or the automobile – to find a technological advancement that has had as big an impact on the world as the personal computer (PC). Not just the big ones that NASA employed to get man to the moon in the 1960s, but the ones too that can be found in nearly every American home. Today, PCs are as prolific as television sets; some believe the computer will one day replace the TV.
The U.S. Chamber is applauding the release of the White House’s National Intellectual Property (IP) Enforcement Strategy, saying the historic plan is a meaningful step towards fighting intellectual property theft worldwide, standing up for American workers, innovators, creators, and the 18 million American jobs that directly rely on the protection of IP rights.
America has a well-deserved reputation for creating and producing the most cutting-edge forms of entertainment, high technology, and consumer goods in the world. We have earned this distinction thanks in large measure to the ingenuity, hard work, and “can do” spirit that have marked our society for generations.
Earlier today, I participated in a roundtable discussion with representatives from 17 diplomatic missions in Geneva, along with representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs), multilateral institutions, and the private sector, to discuss best practices for developing, commercializing and diffusing new products and technologies to countries most in need. The event was hosted by three Permanent Missions to the United Nations in Geneva – the United States of America’s, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland’s and the Republic of Kenya’s – and was sponsored by the
With the 15th annual E3 (Electron Entertainment Expo) just around the corner, now seems like a good time to delve into a few common—but completely bogus—reasons used by some gamers to justify their digital theft of video games. As most people know, the illegal distribution and/or reproduction of copyrighted products—whether they are movies, music, books, or video games—is a crime known as piracy. And not surprisingly, some PC gamers have engaged in this illicit activity since the early days of the video game industry. In the last decade, however, console gamers have joined their PC brethre
The Energy Institute’s Steve Eule continues his look at the Bonn climate talks, which he attended.
One of the big issues facing negotiators is whether and how the two negotiating tracks—one under the Kyoto Protocol (to the U.S. is not a Party) and the other through the overarching Framework Convention. The two groups now can’t formally talk to one another—the groups’ two Chairs are permitted to have a collegial cup of coffee together, but that’s about it.
For the past few weeks, the Global Intellectual Property Center has been talking up the need for a national IP enforcement strategy to help streamline government wide efforts to fight IP theft. Counterfeiting and piracy kill jobs and hinder economic growth—both here and abroad; these are crimes that touch nearly all industries and livelihoods. Like sports….
America has been called the innovation nation, and for good reason. From semi-conductors to space travel to super computers to Hollywood blockbusters, the innovative spirit and creative minds of America have been on full display for over two centuries. It is our free enterprise system that allows us to take chances that, if successful, return huge dividends to not only the risk taker, but to the workers who gain when a dream becomes reality. Innovation drives America’s competitiveness, and without it, our nation’s role as the world’s leading innovative force is threatened.
This week, the WTO’s Council on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) is meeting in Geneva to discuss a number of IP issues related to the 1994 World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement. One of the items reportedly on the agenda is a discussion on the legitimacy of various so-called “TRIPS-plus” measures: bilateral and multilateral agreements between countries that raise the bar on intellectual property (IP) protections.
Last week, the Global IP Center had the pleasure of hosting Ashifi Gogo—a Ghanaian-born entrepreneur and CEO of Sproxil, Inc.—as part of the GIPC’s Speaker Series designed to raise awareness of topical intellectual property (IP) issues. Growing up in West Africa—where counterfeit medicines constitute between ten and thirty percent of the marketplace—the scourge of fake drugs in his native country left an impression on Gogo.
Imagine having a chronic disease that is treatable through a prescription drug, or even something than can be purchased over the counter. Not hard to do.
Now imagine that the medicine you bought—either online or in a store—is a fake drug whose shape, color, packaging, and even markings, look like the real thing. But rather than containing the active ingredients that are critical to treating your condition, this pill contains harmless talcum powder or worse…toxic materials that kill you.
The Chamber’s Global IP Center commends today’s joint statement by President Barack Obama and President Felipe Calderón that “the protection of intellectual property rights is essential to promote…. innovation and investment.” As the GIPC has long state, innovation and creativity, which are both incentivized and protected by strong IP rights, are critical to creating jobs, spurring economic growth, and enhancing America’s competitiveness.
This morning, the Congressional International Anti-Piracy Caucus released its much-awaited 2010 Watch List of those countries who are failing to live up to their international obligations to protect intellectual property (IP) rights, and as a result are stunting America’s ability to rebuild its economy and save jobs. Further, the Caucus should be commended for expanding this year’s list to include rogue websites that facilitate digital theft, and the countries that provide safe harbor for them.
Today, the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (CACP) and the Copyright Alliance ran an ad in Politico highlighting the broad range of support for the protection of intellectual property (IP) and its impact on America’s economy and job creation. Support includes voices from business, labor, U.S. government, and independent research groups.
The 2010 Special 301 Report once again signifies the importance of intellectual property to our economy. As this report suggests, violations of IP rights are an impediment to economic growth, innovation, and job creation around the world. It also serves as a reminder that nations that do not play by the rules will be singled out.
Earlier today I posted on World IP Day 2010 and the great job that AACCLA's network of 23 AmChams does in promoting a culture of innovation that has linked the Americas. Here are some of their efforts today:
Gerry McCulloch - AmCham Paraguay
Reforming Attitudes Regarding the Purchase of Counterfeit and Pirated Products in Paraguay
This year, the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA) Intellectual Property Task Force marks the beginning of its intellectual property (IP) 2010 agenda on this, the tenth anniversary of World IP Day.
For forty years now, we have celebrated Earth Day. And with each passing decade we have become more and more aware of the importance of sound environmental stewardship for ourselves and our children. We have made great progress over the years, but we also realize that more must be done to protect our natural resources and keep our environment clean.
Today’s release of the ACTA text marks a major stride towards greater transparency, and will help enhance support for this important agreement. Publication of the negotiating text will show that many of the claims made by ACTA critics and anti-IP activists to stop this agreement were false. ACTA promises to improve cooperation and enhance the collective efforts of nearly forty countries against the growing scourge of counterfeiting and piracy—in both the online and physical environments—that is killing
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce commends USTR and the other negotiating partners for this major step forward, and the progress they are making to complete a comprehensive ACTA this year. We particularly laud their decision to release the draft text. This announcement should address many of the erroneous claims of anti-ACTA critics and get us refocused on the substantive components of this important agreement.
As Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Congressman Howard Berman has been a dedicated advocate for the protection of intellectual property (IP) rights—a crucial component of our economic growth and jobs creation. Today, Chairman Berman and Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Ileana Ros-Lehtinen sent a letter to the U.S.
The Government Accountability Office's (GAO) release today of its Intellectual Property (IP) Report to Congress (Intellectual Property: Observations of Efforts to Quantify the Economic Effects of Counterfeit and Pirated Goods - PDF) reiterates what government officials, law enforcement, independent experts, and businesses of all sizes have been saying for some time now -- counterfeiting and piracy poses a serious threat to innovation, job creation, and economic growth in America, while putting consumers at risk
In a recent Washington Post column, Jack Goldsmith and Lawrence Lessig voiced their concerns about the anti-counterfeiting and trade agreement known as ACTA. What we need to keep in focus here is the importance a strong ACTA has on America’s economic recovery.
Chamber Unveils IP Agenda
Imagine that you invested a substantial amount of time and money developing a more efficient air-conditioning unit. You believe that there is tremendous market potential for this product and have taken all of the appropriate steps to protect your investment, including filing for a patent.
by Mark Esper
A new study released today by the International Chamber of Commerce's Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy (BASCAP), predicts job losses due to piracy to reach as high as 1.2 million and €240 billion ($327 billion) in lost retail revenue by 2015 for the European Union. The study is another clear indication that when protected ideas are stolen, people suffer. As such, more must be done to address the jobs-killing crime of copyright theft.
The President's comments today highlighting the importance of intellectual property to our nation's economy come at a pivotal time, and should be lauded. Our economic recovery, and the jobs that will come with it, depend on the innovation and creativity of the American people. And so protecting IP rights by enforcing copyright, patent and trademark laws in the U.S. and abroad is critical to our nation's success.
When two of America’s most prominent voices on jobs and the economy say the same thing, well, it is time to take notice. When it’s the US Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO, then Washington should really pay attention.
Earlier today, in his testimony before the Senate Finance Committee on President Obama's 2010 Trade Policy Agenda, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk stated that opening new markets and bolstering enforcement tools will be the main focus of his efforts this year. This agenda, he said, will support the President's goal of doubling U.S. exports in the next five years to support two million American jobs. We look forward to working with the Administration to achieve this goal and we applaud the USTR for setting forward an agenda that will spur job creation and economic growth.
By Tom Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been notifying dozens of organizations around the country of possible security and personal identification breaches related to the use of peer to peer (P2P) file sharing networks. This is not the first time we’ve been warned about dangers lurking on the Internet, but this latest episode once again highlights the importance of our own vigilance and knowledge of the risks we all face online.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder earlier today announced the formation of a new Department of Justice Task Force on Intellectual Property. Not only is this initiative another step forward in our fight against the growing crimes of intellectual property (IP) theft, it is also a critical recognition by the Administration that these crimes are endangering public safety and eroding our ability to create jobs and grow our economy. The Department of Justice’s initiative deserves to be commended.
The weather in Miami leading up to this weekend’s Super Bowl has been erratic to say the least. And while I’m no meteorologist, there’s one prediction I can make with confidence: one team will come out on top and thousands of vendors will be hawking counterfeit NFL merchandise to football fans in Miami, across the country, and around the world via the Internet.
Last week, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Ron Kirk announced the designation of an Assistant USTR for Small Business, Market Access, and Industrial Competitiveness. The newly created position will help address the challenges facing small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that sell their goods abroad and promote the global export opportunities these businesses need to create jobs here at home.
by Captain James Callaway, City of Morrow Police Department, Georgia
The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations were launched in 2006. ACTA is a new plurilateral treaty to help fight counterfeiting and piracy through enhanced international cooperation and more effective international standards for enforcing intellectual property (IP) rights. It will build upon existing international rules, in particular the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement (TRIPS), to address a number of enforcement areas where countries have identified the need to strengthen the current international legal framework.
On Wednesday, President Obama will give his 2010 State of the Union address, and much of this address will focus on jobs. As a precursor to his speech, the president recently visited Elyria, Ohio, a small town in the rustbelt that epitomizes the economic struggle that America faces today.
Online piracy represents ten percent of all U.S. books downloaded from the Internet, accounting for potential revenue losses to publishers of $2.75 - 3 billion according to a new study. These stunning numbers and other findings are included in Attributor’s U.S. Book Anti-Piracy Research Findings.
Yesterday, the U.S. Chamber's Global IP Center submitted comments in response to the Federal Communications Commission's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). The purpose of these comments was to express our strong belief that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) must retain the ability to manage illicit content (including pirated content such as illegally downloaded movies and music) in a reasonable and effective manner.
Throughout time, innovation and creativity have been the catalyst for our economic and cultural growth and scientific advancements—from novel medicines that save lives and "green technologies" that will help protect the environment, to the movies, music and software that define America. We owe much of this to a robust system of intellectual property (IP) rights—the framework of laws and policies that encourage innovation, rewards entrepreneurs, protects one's ideas, drives economic growth and competitiveness, and creates and supports jobs.
by Mark Esper
Despite the lack of real agreement in Copenhagen, there is clearly a consensus among the nations gathered that climate change must be addressed. All agree as well that new and innovative technologies will be critical to helping nations deal with global warming adaptation and mitigation. Most of these innovations will come from the private sector, which has been expending a great deal of time, effort, and resources—with much more to follow—on these cutting edge technologies.
Tuesday’s White House roundtable discussion on the monumental problems of counterfeiting and piracy is another indication of the value being placed on intellectual property (IP) as a job creator, driver of innovation and creativity, and integral part of the American economy. I commend Vice President Biden and the Administration for holding this important and timely meeting.
The Energy Institute’s Steve Eule has been representing the Chamber in Copenhagen, and tonight he checks in with some troubling news about the prospects for strong intellectual property rights in an international climate agreement. Steve’s latest blog entry on Politico details the latest turn of events.
Recently, anti-intellectual property rights activists have misstated the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s position on access to copyrighted materials for the visually impaired and other persons with disabilities.
The Chamber supports increased copyright access for the visually-impaired, including measures currently practiced under U.S. law that have proven effective in providing access, and promoting results-oriented solutions to the needs of blind and visually-impaired persons.
Intellectual property (IP)—those "creations of the mind" that result in new inventions and works of art, for example-- continues to be recognized as a job creator and a pivotal component of our economy. The latest example of this can be found in the Omnibus Appropriations Conference report—the means by which the Congress funds the government and its programs—that was just recently filed in the U.S. House of Representatives.
As the world gathers over the next two weeks in Copenhagen to reach consensus on how to address our climate change challenges, a bevy of "other" issues – all related in some way to climate change – will be taken up. Among those will be intellectual property (IP) rights, and how they relate to the development and diffusion of new technologies that will help us reduce CO2 emissions and adapt to changes in our environment.
The nation’s top law enforcement was busy at work last week, addressing some of America’s most pressing issues, including the fight against counterfeiting and piracy. Meeting in Phoenix for their annual winter meeting, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) updated the AGs on the progress and future plans of the special NAAG committee on intellectual property.
by Rick Cotton
Since the dawn of time, human innovation and creativity have transformed the world and our place in it, in ways known and ways yet to be discovered. From microwaves and washing machines, to vaccines and jet aircraft, innovation has provided new opportunities, helped solve old problems, and made life more efficient.
This week, millions of gamers turned out for the biggest-selling launch in the history of entertainment software, the video game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Some will be missing out on the action because their consoles have been rightly banned from Microsoft Xbox Live service; apparently, many gamers have chosen to modify their hardware to play illegal pirated versions of the game.
This week, U.S. officials and representatives from our key trading partners are meeting in Seoul, Korea to further negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The Global IP Center (GIPC) is encouraged to see these efforts moving forward, as we believe an ambitious ACTA will set a high bar for IP protection and enforcement around the world. While the GIPC supports the administration’s efforts to conclude a robust and comprehensive ACTA, we also note that a successful agreement should do the following:
Today’s Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Victoria Espinel was historic. As part of the PRO-IP Act that was signed into law last year, the Senate is moving towards confirmation of the nation’s first Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) who will be entrusted with the heavy task of improving enforcement and promoting IP rights in the U.S. and abroad.
By Tom Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Recognizing the importance of intellectual property to their economies, China and the United States appear to have made some progress on the protection and enforcement front at the 20th session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) in Hangzhou, China.
From Dow Jones Newswires:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement today regarding a fake web site that infringes on the Chamber’s copyrights:
Today, over 60 Democratic and Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives emphasized their support for IP rights by signing onto a bipartisan congressional letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The letter highlighted the importance of protecting IP right in negotiations leading up to an anticipated December climate change agreement in Copenhagen.
That is the title of a great article by Daniel Harrison in yesterday's Washington Post. I think the real question is: Can anything but innovation save the economy?
With Congress and the nation trying to tackle so many issues at once—the economy, health care, energy, climate change, financial reform, transportation, and the list goes on—one might wonder how an issue like intellectual property could gain much traction. I would argue that IP is more important than ever precisely because we are addressing these key issues.
A new study by the U.S. Chamber's Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) looks at the role that innovation and creativity play in each state. The study features local companies, along with intellectual property (IP) facts and figures. Go to www.theglobalipcenter.com/.
The fact sheets point out, for example, that California's innovators received more than 24% of all domestic U.S. patents issued in 2007. At 22,594 patents, Californians received more patents than the next four innovative states combined.
Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue warns that 1 million green jobs would be lost if other countries proceed with plans to weaken IP rights on climate change technology.
The administration must work with business and Congress to devise a bold national intellectual property protection strategy, says U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue.
Last year, Congress passed the bipartisan PRO-IP Act to protect the ownership rights of inventors and creators while ensuring the products consumers use are authentic, safe and effective. President Obama's choice of Victoria Espinel as the nation's first IP enforcement coordinator is significant, and marks an important step towards fulfilling the promise of the PRO-IP Act.
In an address to the Hudson Valley Community College, President Obama highlighted the role innovation plays in economic growth and job creation, citing the next steps needed to lay the foundation for America's "innovation economy of the future."
The president then put forward some key themes to propel America into this new era of innovation. I am encouraged by the President's words and his commitment to innovation as an essential component to a strong and vibrant economy. His positioning on this issue could not have come at a better time.
Recently the House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming held a hearing titled Roadmap for Copenhagen — Driving towards Success.
In the 2009-2010 Global Competitiveness Report, released on Tuesday by the World Economic Forum (WEF), the United States regrettably lost its crown as the world’s most competitive economy due to its current financial instability. Interestingly enough, the report emphasized the importance of innovation and creativity to individual nation’s economies by ranking intellectual property (IP) as a key part in a country’s global competitiveness.
The Department of Justice’s recent announcement providing $1.9 million in federal grants for intellectual property (IP) enforcement is welcome news for American consumers, workers, and businesses, and DOJ should be commended for addressing the growing counterfeiting and piracy problem that is infecting all sectors of our economy.
The Coalition for Healthy India, sponsored by the U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) today conducted the Indian launch of its report on "The Value of Incremental Pharmaceutical Innovation: Benefits for Indian Patients and Indian Business". As you may know, currently India’s patent law discriminates against a large portion of valuable pharmaceutical innovation. This report focuses on the impact of restrictive policies in India with respect to medical and pharmaceutical innovation.
On Wednesday, the World Trade Organization (WTO) rightly ruled against China's illegal practice of forcing U.S. owners of copyrighted materials to deal only with state-controlled distribution companies, an onerous requirement that drove up costs, hurt marketing, and created logistical nightmares for American filmmakers, musicians, and others who depend on intellectual property (IP) protections.
With UNFCCC climate change treaty negotiations scheduled to conclude this December in Copenhagen, the Obama Administration should be commended for its support of intellectual property (IP) rights at the ongoing talks. During this week's working group meeting in Bonn, the U.S. established its position on IP clearly and firmly, stating that no treaty will be agreed upon that undermines or weakens intellectual property rights.
President Obama announced yesterday that $2.4 billion in stimulus grants would be awarded to jump start an electric car industry in a number of Midwest states. Four dozen or so projects aimed at developing advanced batteries and other components will receive federal monies.
In his radio address this past weekend, President Obama stressed that the foundation of the future American economy must be based on innovation. The president said "we need to recapture that spirit of innovation that has always moved America forward." He added that "innovation has been essential to our prosperity in the past, and it will be essential to our prosperity in the future."
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) has released a study on the importance of intellectual property (IP) and innovation in America. GIPC's State Fact Sheets provide a look at the roles innovation and creativity play in each state, highlighting local companies along with interesting IP facts and figures. Fact sheets for each of the fifty states are located at www.theglobalipcenter.com/.
by Mark Esper
A short while ago here in Geneva, at the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Conference on IP and Public Policy Issues, the U.S. Chamber joined other partners in a press event to launch the Coalition on Innovation, Employment and Development. The Chamber joined this coalition, which has over sixty members, in May.
Ambassador Kirk's recent decision to resume negotiations on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is welcome news for our economy and intellectual property rights. This decision will hopefully lead towards the crafting of an agreement that strengthens enforcement and protects IP as a key driver of innovation, job creation, and economic growth.
The Chamber joined twenty nine other unions, associations and business groups in a letter commending Ambassador Kirk on this decision.
A story caught my eye today and it was amazing how quickly I saw the connections to some of the big issues that the Chamber is working on right now.
A seasoned patent attorney with over twenty years experience in various intellectual property roles, David Kappos would be a strong Director for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. As the nominee for Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, Mr. Kappos would bring an impressive resume and a proven track record of success to the job.
One of the things the business community has been working on in Bonn and in earlier U.N. climate meetings is to get a more formal voice for business in negotiations leading up to December's climate conference in Copenhagen. No one expects that business groups will be sitting around the negotiating table anytime soon--that's not our role. But business does believe it can play a constructive role in finding solutions and pointing out the shortcomings in some of the proposals that are being discussed.
Stephen Eule, the Energy Institute's Vice President for Climate and Technology, offers an update on negotiations at the UN climate change talks currently going on in Bonn, Germany. Stephen is representing the Institute in Bonn and is part of the U.S. Chamber's delegation to the UN Climate Conference in Copenhagen this coming December.
This week, UN climate change negotiators are meeting in Bonn, Germany for the first official round of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations. The goal of these discussions is to come up with a climate change agreement that can be approved in Copenhagen this December. As part of these meetings, the UN released draft negotiation language which encourages, among other things, a reliance on patent pools as a way of sharing technologies.
by Mark Esper
Recently, the President honored America’s law enforcement community for the job they do in protecting the country and fighting crime. In his tribute, the president emphasized that fighting crime was vital to spurring economic recovery. I couldn’t agree more.
This week, the Chamber joined other business leaders in launching the Innovation, Development & Employment Alliance (IDEA). IDEA is a coalition committed to championing the role of innovation in driving job creation and developing breakthrough solutions to global challenges. Our goal is to work to bring industry, labor, consumer, and environmental groups together to address these challenges, which include health care, renewable energy, and climate change.
Every invention starts with an idea – ideas that must be respected, encouraged, and protected. Strong intellectual property (IP) laws provide the incentive to transform ideas, from a back-of-the-napkin concept to the most complex mechanical designs or chemical formulas, into products and services to improve and enrich our lives. Key examples include life-saving medicines, software, and other technologies that help us address health, energy, climate change, and agricultural challenges.
The U.S. Chamber took another step in the fight to protect intellectual property (IP), summoning global leaders to London to coordinate a response to IP crimes.
Gathering at the 3rd Annual Global Intellectual Property Forum on March 31, the participants discussed ways to enhance the global knowledge economy's ability to create jobs and yield solutions to issues such as climate change and access to quality health care.
In a Swedish court today, the founders of Pirate Bay, along with two other employees, were sentenced to one year in prison after being found guilty of making copyright-protected content accessible for illegal downloading.
Today’s ruling sends an important signal that online criminals who show such blatant disregard for the rights of others will be fully prosecuted under the law.
In Southern California this morning, the House Foreign Affairs Committee is holding a field hearing regarding global copyright piracy. Today’s gathering is especially timely as aficionados prepare for the summer movie season, and as Congress and the administration consider ways to combat this form of job-destroying theft.
This afternoon the Senate Finance Committee will hear testimony from former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk, President Obama’s nominee to be the next U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). Nearly two months into the administration, we are pleased to see movement on one of the most vital positions for intellectual property (IP) protection, promotion and enforcement. Trade in general, and IP rights in particular, can play a major role in the nation’s economic recovery.
Earlier today, the RAND Corporation released a report documenting the startling nexus between organized crime and intellectual property theft. In "Film Piracy and its Connection to Organized Crime and Terrorism," the report's authors provide compelling evidence of "a broad… and continuing connection between film piracy and organized crime."
Yesterday in Philadelphia, Vice President Joe Biden launched the White House Task Force on Middle Class Working Families with an inaugural discussion on "Green Jobs: A Pathway to a Strong Middle Class." The fact that the Vice President would kick off this important initiative by focusing on green jobs is a clear sign the administration recognizes the potential of new energy technologies to create jobs at all levels of the workforce and revitalize the economy.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce concluded its 3rd Annual Global Intellectual Property Forum in London, England on March 31, bringing together key stakeholders to discuss ways to enhance the global knowledge economy's ability to create jobs and yield solutions to issues like climate change and access to quality health care.
Earlier today, President Barack Obama announced the nomination of former Washington governor Gary Locke as commerce secretary. In light of this announcement, a review of Locke’s record on intellectual property suggests a significant degree of familiarity and experience with these issues and a keen appreciation of the role creative ownership rights play in incentivizing inventors, entrepreneurs and companies to innovate and create jobs.
Earlier today, President Barack Obama announced the nomination of Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) as commerce secretary. In light of this announcement, a review of Gregg’s record on intellectual property suggests a significant degree of familiarity and experience with this issue. More importantly, his record and previous statements demonstrate a keen appreciation of the role creative ownership rights play in incentivizing inventors, entrepreneurs and companies to innovate and create jobs.
There was a real football game in Tampa yesterday, but, as CNN reported, many fakes were on the streets, and in your homes:
Earlier today, the Chamber’s GIPC released our "IP Protection and Enforcement Manual," a publication designed to help businesses protect their consumers and brands. The manual features case studies on proven strategies companies are implementing to protect their creative assets from criminal counterfeiting and piracy.
Earlier today, President-elect Barack Obama announced his selection of former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk as the next U.S. Trade Representative (USTR). In light of this announcement, a review of Kirk's record on intellectual property (IP) offers some encouraging insights about the economic benefits he attributes to IP.
The Global Intellectual Property Center has announced our priorities for 2009. They are based on our commitment to working with the Obama Administration and 111th Congress to formulate and build support for pro-IP policies that will have a lasting positive impact on job creation, America’s economic competitiveness and our sustained economic growth. A detailed list can be found on our website or on the U.S. Chamber's transition page. Below Dr.
Amid the flurry of over 11,000 delegates attending the second week of UNFCCC Conference proceedings, I am encouraged by the prospect of new partnerships in the Chamber's mission to advance the development and deployment of technologies to tackle climate issues.
I received positive feedback from an important member of Congress regarding the value of intellectual property rights and whole-heartedly stated "we were preaching to the choir," when we presented the Chamber's perspective on IPR issues.
Dank weather and a day off from negotiations didn’t dampen the turnout at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce event on technology today. Before a full house, experts from the U.S. Chamber's Institute for 21st Century Energy and Global Intellectual Property Center as well as General Electric led a discussion on the importance of technology innovation in tackling global climate change.
As you read this, climate negotiators at the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting in Poznan, Poland—better known as COP-14—will be finishing up the first of two weeks of talks on a new international approach to address climate change. This meeting marks the half-way point between COP-13 in Bali, Indonesia, where these rounds of negotiations were launched earlier this year, and COP-15 next December in Copenhagen, Denmark, where they are scheduled to conclude (more in hope than in expectation, it must be said).
As reported on ClimateWire:
Earlier today, President-elect Barack Obama announced his selection of Eric Holder as the next attorney general. In light of this announcement, a review of Mr. Holder’s record on intellectual property (IP) issues offers an encouraging sign about the incoming administration’s commitment to enforce and improve IP rights. As deputy attorney general in the Clinton Administration, Mr. Holder was a leading figure in the Justice Department’s launch of its "Intellectual Property Rights Initiative."
Fully funding U.S. agencies that enforce intellectual property rights should be a priority for the Obama administration, according to recommendations released by the Chamber's Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) on December 11.
"The stage is set for the Obama Administration and Congress to advance American ingenuity, innovation, and economic growth," said David Hirschmann, GIPC president and CEO. "Stabilizing the economy and protecting IP go hand-in-hand because our economy is built on IP-driven innovation."
The U.S. Chamber's Global Intellectual Property Center has been leading the fight against the growing threat of counterfeiting and piracy to the economy, jobs, and consumer health and safety.
Things to read this afternoon:
The U.S. Chamber has sponsored a Gallup study which took a look at the impact of counterfeiting and piracy in Atlanta. The survey found that nearly 1 in 5 consumers have purchased an illicit product in the past year; 41 percent in the 18-24 age group have purchased an illicit product in that period; more than 80 percent say the ability to easily obtain them influenced their purchase decision; and a majority greatly underestimate the economic impact of these crimes.
Matthew Kay has this paragraph in a much longer piece on technology and teaching:
You can find Holy Dow! anywhere as the markets roared back yesterday. But here is a story you might have missed:
At yesterday's 5th Annual Intellectual Property Summit, Chamber members and allies were treated to a full day of thoughtful and important discussions about the future of American innovation and the role of intellectual property rights. Below is a re-cap from Intellectual Property Watch:
At the Chamber’s 5th Annual Intellectual Property Summit today, Ney Lopes, a professor of constitutional law at the State University of Ro Grande do Norte in Brazil, participated in a panel discussion entitled Transparent Discoveries: How Patents Rocognize Inventors and Make Knowledge and its Benefits Available to All. Lopes is a former member of Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies and and author of the Brazilian Patent and Trademark Law.
Below are some excerpts from a paper he has written on the subject:
At the Chamber’s 5th Annual Intellectual Property Summit today, Fred Hassan, Chairman and CEO of Schering-Plough Corporation, delivered the morning keynote address. His speech, Fueling Innovation: To Be Our Best for a Better World, touched on the importance of supporting America’s innovation economy.
Below are some excerpts:
The U.S. Chamber’s 5th Annual Intellectual Property Summit is in full swing today and we will have posts up all day. U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue used the occasion to urge President George W. Bush to follow the Senate and House’s lead and approve the PRO-IP Act. The Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act (S.
Given the urgent challenges confronting the American economy, why do I want to devote today’s column to protecting intellectual property (IP) and preventing IP theft, counterfeiting, and piracy? Because America’s ability to compete in the global economy and create 21st century jobs for our children and grandchildren depend on our ability to lead the world in innovation. And the key to innovation is intellectual property.
One of America's greatest assets is our drive to innovate. And innovation may be the most important element in ensuring our long-term global competitiveness. Investing in and protecting innovation is the topic today for Dear44, a series of advice for the next president. Caroline Joiner, vice president for the U.S. Chamber's Global Intellectual Property Center had this to say:
Just days after U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue called on him to do so, President Bush signed an intellectual property bill into law. "Mr. President, you will be doing a great service for the nation's innovators, workers, and consumers by signing this legislation into law," Donohue told attendees at the Chamber's 5th Annual Intellectual Property Summit on October 8. Bush signed the bill on October 13.
The Senate today passed legislation to protect intellectual property. U.S. Chamber President and CEO had these remarks:
The U.S. Chamber commends the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Department of Commerce for their continued efforts on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). As part of ongoing negotiations and public consultations, the Department of Commerce yesterday hosted a public forum where information on the agreement was presented and stakeholders were provided another opportunity to voice their views and concerns.
The Raleigh-based based News & Observer ran a column of mine today on the importance of intellectual property for innovation and growth. Some selections:
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce commends members of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, which approved the "Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008 (S. 3325)," a bill that would bolster the federal government’s ability to protect intellectual property (IP).
Among other measures, this legislation would toughen civil and criminal laws against counterfeiting and piracy, provide enhanced IP enforcement and prosecutorial resources, and improve IP coordination within the executive branch.
Earlier today, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced the "International Intellectual Property Protection and Enforcement Act of 2008," a bill that would boost enforcement of intellectual property rights around the world.
We had a busy day this morning at the State House in Columbus. The weather was great, and there were lots of people stopping by to talk with us about the bus tour. More than 60 people signed up for VoteForBusiness, and many toured the bus and chatted with us about the issues that matter to them in the upcoming election.
A N.Y. Post column today looks at the 17th International AIDS Conference in Mexico City, "where some attendees argue that pharmaceutical patents are the main barrier to getting medicines to the poor." We hear this argument often. In his column however, Thompson Ayodele, Executive Director of Initiative for Public Policy Analysis, a public-policy think tank based in Lagos, Nigeria, digs deeper:
Earlier today, the Global Intellectual Property Center held a Congressional briefing with the New Democrat Coalition to discuss the importance of IP as a job creator and solution to global challenges. Among the panel participants was Michael Atieh, who serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of
New laws go into effect today in Virginia designed to crack down on counterfeit products. The Chamber's Caroline Joiner spoke with Fox5 in D.C.
Gas prices hit a new high yesterday, with a national average of $4.09 a gallon. Gas prices are up 3% in the last month and almost 38% from a year ago. Oil is selling for about $140 a barrel, off $3 from its recent high.
The Chamber's Bruce Josten was quoted in an article in The Washington Post yesterday on paralysis in the Senate and its failure to address big issues. Said Josten: "It's a delay-of-game Congress.
The U.S. Chamber on July 24 applauded the Senate Judiciary committee for introducing the Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights Act of 2008.
"By moving forward affirmatively on this bill, Congress can demand its solidarity with our talented innovators, workers whose jobs rely on intellectual property, and consumers who depend on safe and effective products," according to U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue. "We urge the Senate to approve this legislation expeditiously."
Under heavy pressure from the U.S. Chamber and its members, Congress took action on two bills aimed at helping small businesses threatened by abusive lawsuits and intellectual property (IP) theft.
On June 4, President Bush signed a bill that amends the Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act (FACTA) to make clear that a company was not in willful violation of the act if it shortened a consumer's credit card number printed on a receipt to four digits but did not remove the expiration date.
State Passes Tough IP Law-The Florida Legislature passed anti-counterfeiting legislation providing enhanced penalties for those who manufacture, distribute, or possess counterfeit goods with the intent to sell them. The bill is based on model legislation drafted by the U.S. Chamber.
Source: Office of the Attorney General of Florida
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today recognized World Anti-Counterfeiting Day, on the same day that the Senate Finance Committee heard testimony from federal government officials regarding trade enforcement and the protection of intellectual property.
A week ago the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing about protecting consumers by protecting intellectual property. Ensuring public safety is one of many goals that depend on protecting our ideas and supply chains; in fact, our entire economy is reliant on the strong innovation protection. This was made quite clear in the testimony last week:
This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing about the importance of "Protecting Consumers by Protecting Intellectual Property." Following the U.S. House’s recent overwhelming vote in favor of H.R. 4279 (the PRO-IP Act), the bipartisan nature of protecting IP is clear.
There is a common theme in anti-Intellectual Property circles that business can't be trusted to provide solutions because it is only interested in "profits". So even though we are strong believers in technological solutions to climate change, I will not use our principles as an example, but rather one of the climate change principles from a staunch environmentalist who, quite frankly, hates the Chamber:
As reported by BBC News, Operation Jupiter, an INTERPOL-led investigation targeting transnational counterfeit networks, resulted in 185 new arrests and the seizure of $115 million of illegal goods. This particular effort brought together INTERPOL, police and customs officials, and businesses affected by counterfeiting and piracy operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
In the interest of decorum we will let you go over to greatreporter.com to read about the counterfeit condoms, but here are some other snippets from the article.
Tom Giovanetti at IPI PolicyBytes recently noted two setbacks to those advocating an anti-IP agenda:
I usually try to avoid using blog posts to highlight dumb ideas – simply because it tends to draw more attention to such ideas than they deserve. However, some things are so misguided that they deserve special attention.
The U.S. Chamber gets a lot of press, some good, some bad. Today, we have a good one, on the personnel page no less. The National Journal offers an excellent profile of the U.S. Chamber’s latest hire, Fran Townsend, as one of my senior advisors and outside consultants.
I applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for considering important legislation to strengthen intellectual property rights and enforcement. H.R. 4279, the "Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act (PRO-IP Act)," would toughen civil and criminal laws against counterfeiting and piracy, provide enhanced resources for enforcement, and improve coordination within the executive branch. The U.S.
The Chamber sent this key vote letter today to the Members of the House of Representatives. It strongly urges them to support H.R. 4279, the "Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2007 (PRO-IP Act)" From the letter:
A few weeks ago, the U.S. Chamber hosted Dr. Dora Akunyili - the director general of Nigeria's National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control - for a discussion about Nigeria's efforts to combat counterfeiting and piracy. Dr. Akunyili highlighted some of the chief barriers to medical access in Nigeria - corruption and inadequate infrastructure.
A new study conducted by a German research institute published in the highly respected journal Nature concludes that parts of North America and Europe may cool naturally over the next decade, due to shifting ocean currents. Average temperatures in areas such as California and France may drop over the next 10 years, influenced by colder flows in the North Atlantic. Temperatures worldwide may stabilize during this period.
Earlier today, the U.S. House Judiciary Committee passed important legislation to strengthen intellectual property rights and enforcement. H.R. 4279, the "Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act (PRO-IP Act)," would toughen civil and criminal laws against counterfeiting and piracy, provide enhanced resources for enforcement, and improve coordination within the executive branch.
The New York Times reports that a fight has broken out in Congress over whether drug makers and other companies should be allowed to keep patents they obtained by misrepresentation or cheating. The issue has emerged as part of legislation to overhaul patent laws. In several cases, the courts have voided patents after finding that companies intentionally misled the Patent and Trademark Office.
The House on May 6 passed Chamber-supported legislation that would further crack down on intellectual property theft and piracy.
The "Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2007," or PRO-IP Act, would strengthen civil and criminal penalties against intellectual property theft and piracy, increase resources devoted to fighting IP crimes, and improve coordination of federal efforts.
The Chamber's John Murphy had an article in the Latin Business Chronicle yesterday based on the speech he gave at the Americas Innovation Forum in Punta del Este, Uruguay, on March 31, 2008. The article is a soup to nuts explanation of intellectual property (IP), its importance to development, and the staggering economic impact caused by counterfeiting, piracy, and, quite frankly, bad IP policy decisions. Take the time to read the full arti
Last week I discussed how the theft of intellectual property (IP) is really an attack on innovation and ideas, two things that drive America’s economy.
It’s easy to cite statistics that underscore the severity of the problem. For example, the theft of IP through counterfeiting and piracy costs the U.S. economy $250 billion annually and has wiped out 750,000 jobs. It costs the global economy about $650 billion a year.
America’s economy is struggling. Health care costs are rising, gas prices are at record highs, and the subprime crisis is dramatically slowing the economy. The question on everyone’s mind is, Are we in a recession? The better question is, How can we succeed in the competitive worldwide economy?
Much of our economic strength comes from good old American know-how. The relentless focus of our businesses, entrepreneurs, scientists, and engineers on improving productivity and introducing new innovations helps drive growth, create jobs, and raise wages.
Following a successful global debut last week in Washington D.C., Illicit: The Dark Trade will premiere tonight in New York City. At the first screening, the message conveyed struck a cord with the more than 400 industry representatives, policy makers, and thought leaders in attendance, and we anticipate similar feedback tonight.
Last night I had the pleasure of participating in the world premiere of Illicit: The Dark Trade.
Barun Mitra had an interesting article in the Des Moines Register yesterday on the false promise of compulsory licensing. Mitra writes:
Thailand's health minister recently announced that the nation's state-run drug manufacturer, the Government Pharmaceutical Organization, would continue to violate the patents on four key cancer drugs.
Yesterday I had the privilege of speaking at the US Chamber and PhRMA sponsored event, "Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals: The Scope and Effects of the Epidemic". I joined Billy Tauzin, President and CEO of PhRMA, and Brad Huther, Senior Coordinator of Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy, US Chamber of Commerce Global Intellectual Property Center.
"Illicit: The Dark Trade", premiering tonight, and on PBS nationwide April 16th, is an important film which exposes the criminal networks behind the multibillion dollar global trade of illicit goods. These criminal networks are using sophisticated global distribution networks to peddle everything from fake medical devices and pharmaceuticals to toothpaste and DVDs.
by Katie Wilson
Chamber Movie Shines Light on 'Dark Trade'
The U.S. Chamber rolled out the red carpet in Washington, D.C., on April 1 and in New York City on April 7 for the world premiere of its first movie-Illicit: The Dark Trade, created in partnership with National Geographic. This 60-minute movie examines the significant personal, economic, and social consequences of intellectual property (IP) theft.
The U.S. Chamber, in partnership with National Geographic, is premiering its first film at red-carpet events tonight, April 1, in Washington D.C. and in New York City next week. The 60-minute film, Illicit: The Dark Trade, will air on PBS on April 16 and tells the behind-the-scenes story about the links between intellectual property (IP) theft and other illicit activities, including arms and human trafficking, terrorism, child labor, and drug trade.
By Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Last week we discussed how the theft of intellectual property (IP) is really an attack on innovation and ideas, two things that drive America's economy.
Original ideas and innovation are the foundation of every industry and the core of our economic progress. Innovative industries create jobs, spur economic growth, and develop new products that help people and make a real difference in daily life. In the U.S., economists trace 30-40% of all gains in productivity and growth over the course of the 20th century to economic innovation in its various forms. Today, approximately two-thirds of the value of America’s large businesses can be traced to the intangible assets that we call intellectual property (IP).
My little "on this date" calendar tells me that on March 14, 1950 the FBI began releasing their "10 Most Want Fugitives" list; which is online now.
To commemorate this little bit of public relations, here is Chamber's "10 Most Wanted" as of today, in no particular order.
We have seen over the past few years misguided and increasingly misplaced calls for the abandonment of intellectual property protections. As media coverage swirls about the state of the economy a few facts come to mind:
Intellectual property (IP) protection is among a handful of issues that will determine America’s competitiveness in the 21st century. The ability to create, innovate, and generate the best artistic, technological, and knowledge-based intellectual property, is the formula for continued growth in the global economy and fundamental to the promotion of human progress. Criminal networks are able to exploit systemic weaknesses to line their pockets by producing dangerous and defective products exacting a high toll in lives, public health and safety, and national security.
I don’t know how many of you read Cigar Aficionado, but I am a regular subscriber. In the April issue, there is a great article entitled "Faking It" by Frederick Mostert, about the incredibly full range of counterfeit and pirated products that are available in the world – including copies of the rare 1967 Ferrari P4, only 4 of which were ever made!
Want to get somewhere fast and in style? Hop in the seat of your brand new Fiero? The egregiousness of counterfeiters reveals itself once again. When you can knock-off Louis Vuitton handbags, why not try your luck in luxury transport.
- State Attorney Generals Abuse Their Power - I need to set this phrase up as an auto-complete
- Fake Chinese Anti-Malarial Drug Makers Apprehended - IP theft isn't just music downloads kids
Yesterday we published the ten second place winners from our "Fight the Fakes" contest, which appeared as part of a special Weekly Reader anti-counterfeiting and piracy curriculum developed in conjunction with the Chamber's Global Intellectual Property Center.
Students Draw to 'Fight The Fakes'
Mitchell Nolte, a 13-year-old from Alabama, won the Fight The Fakes poster contest with this drawing. The contest was sponsored by the Chamber and Weekly Reader.
The Chamber's "Fight the Fakes" poster contest, held in cooperation with Weekly Reader, asked students to design an original art piece to educate their peers, their communities, and consumers about the threats of counterfeiting and piracy. "Our efforts are not only focused on cutting off the supply of counterfeit and pirated goods, but also cutting off the demand for those goods," says David Hirschmann, president and CEO of the Chamber's Global Intellectual Property Center. "We can better shape and change attitudes about counterfeiting and piracy by reaching the consumers of tomorrow."
Yesterday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced a 27% increase in the value of seized counterfeit or pirated goods from 2006 to 2007. Seizures included 144,000 tubes of counterfeit Colgate toothpaste, some tainted with a poisonous chemical found in anti-freeze, electrical equipment, and apparel.
The ability to generate knowledge-based intellectual property (IP) is essential to America's prosperity and leadership. Counterfeiting, piracy, and IP theft cost U.S. companies $250 billion annually and 750,000 American jobs.
Tom Donohue and Bruce Josten discuss the economic impact of counterfeiting and piracy at the State of American Business press conference.
The complete Q&A from the press conference can be found at www.youtube.com/uscc
Next Tuesday, January 8th, I will be delivering my annual State of American Business address, laying out the Chamber's agenda for the year ahead.
A few days ago the Royal Canadian Mounted Police raided a DVD counterfeiting ring that was capable of turning out 14,000 DVD’s a day. Good for them.
The downside to these types of stories hitting the news is that many people still believe that counterfeiting is still a matter of merely downloading songs illegally off the Internet or buying a fake handbag from a street vendor.
In recent months I’ve been traveling around the country delivering a series of speeches on challenges America must meet and master in order to succeed in a tough global economy. Together, these challenges comprise the Chamber’s competitiveness agenda. Over the next five years – and beyond – we plan to focus extraordinary resources to advance these issues because they hold the key to our nation’s future economic success.
U.S. Chamber Forms Global IP Center
According to a study commissioned by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, more and more Americans are buying potentially dangerous and defective counterfeit and pirated goods.
The new national Gallup study of consumer behaviors and attitudes shows that more than one in five Americans knowingly purchased counterfeit products last year. The number one reason for purchase was easy availability.
The Chamber announced a major new initiative to protect and defend intellectual property rights in the pharmaceutical, technology, entertainment, and software industries during its fourth annual anti-counterfeiting and piracy summit, "The Fight Against Counterfeiting and Piracy: A Global Responsibility," October 2-3.
Chamber Takes Education Efforts to Los Angeles
Intellectual property thieves in the Los Angeles area have been served notice: The U.S. Chamber, the Los Angeles government, and industry are working together to shut them down.
As part of a weeklong anti-counterfeiting and piracy program, the Chamber took part in a raid by the Los Angeles Police Department that resulted in the seizure of more than $10 million in fake products and the arrest of five vendors in the city's infamous Santee Alley, an area known for its counterfeit and pirated goods.
Overcoming customers' privacy issues and businesses' cost concerns are among the two biggest obstacles to widespread adoption of radio frequency identification (RFID) chips according to industry experts and administration officials.
By Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The U.S. Chamber wrapped up a highly successful week of educational and media events on the topic of counterfeiting and piracy in Los Angeles last week, culminating in a police raid that resulted in the seizure of more than $10 million in fake products and five arrests. Over the four days, the Chamber held six events featuring state and local officials, members of Congress, and business leaders.
Learn more at TheTrueCosts.org.
The U.S. Chamber is hosting a week of educational and media events throughout the Los Angeles area to focus on the costs and health and safety threats of counterfeiting and piracy. The four-day program will examine the impact of this growing problem on California's small- and medium-sized businesses and on the motion picture, apparel, and music industries.
Unveils Agenda, Launches Tour
The Chamber's Bruce Josten explains the negative economic impact of counterfeit and prirated goods.
The U.S. Chamber is increasing its efforts to protect intellectual property (IP) by educating small businesses on the growing epidemic of counterfeiting and piracy and by calling on Congress and the administration to toughen existing laws.
The Chamber praised the successful culmination of a multiyear investigation involving the FBI, China's Public Security Bureau, and Microsoft. The investigation uncovered $500 million worth of pirated and counterfeit Microsoft products in eight languages in 27 countries.
As part of its intellectual property rights (IPR) program in China, the Chamber has been working collaboratively with authorities in Guangdong and other Chinese provinces for more than two years to stem the global challenges of counterfeiting and piracy.
The U.S. Chamber and its Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (CACP) unveiled its anti-counterfeiting and piracy legislative agenda during a press conference on Capitol Hill on June 14.
The "Campaign to Protect America" agenda outlines six specific goals: (1) Increase resources at the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice; (2) Strengthen enforcement at the borders; (3) Toughen penalties; (4) Improve federal government coordination; (5) Reform civil and judicial process; and (6) Educate consumers.
Protect Yourself From Fake Goods
Counterfeiting and piracy cost the U.S. economy between $200 billion and $250 billion per year, are responsible for the loss of 750,000 American jobs, and pose a threat to health and safety.
Counterfeiting and piracy have mushroomed in recent years. Since the early 1990s, trade in counterfeits has grown at eight times the rate of legitimate trade. Counterfeit-related seizures by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol rose 125% during the past five years and are up 80% between 2005 and 2006.
By Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
New Resource Highlights Successful Strategies
The U.S. Chamber in January released a tool kit aimed at educating businesses on strategies for reducing vulnerabilities in their supply chains and fighting counterfeiting and piracy. The tool kit is available for free on the True Costs Web site (http://www.thetruecosts.org/).
Face-Off: Next Steps in Fighting Counterfeiting
Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN)
Face-off: Members of Congress Offer Different Approaches
Rep. Joe Knollenberg (R-MI)
The House recently passed the Stop Counterfeiting in Manufactured Goods Act (H.R. 32), a bill I sponsored that would strengthen anti-counterfeiting laws and protect manufacturers, suppliers, and consumers from fraudulent products.
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