Articles by Mark Esper

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Can America's Patent System be Saved?

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. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as part of a

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GIPC Statement on “Operation In Our Sites”

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

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U.S. Chamber Joins European and Japanese Business Associations in Calling for a Strong ACTA

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 to

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Great Innovations Demand Great Protection

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 on

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IP Plan May Have Pirates Walking the Plank

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 fo

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Stolen Video Games: How Pirates Kill Jobs

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 co

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Keeping Counterfeiting Off the ‘Pitch’

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 tha

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An IP Strategy for Global Competitiveness

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

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TRIPS is a Floor, Not a Ceiling

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

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Ashifi Gogo – Fighting the Menace of Counterfeit Drugs One SMS Message at a Time

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 constitu