“When it comes to protecting intellectual property, we are never doing enough. IP theft costs the United States billions of dollars a year and eats away at the value of a core American strength – our smarts and ingenuity. However, the Administration’s strategic plan outlined this week would certainly exceed current enforcement efforts. We are pleased the plan includes a number of recommendations ITIF made in a filing earlier this year, including improved transparency, better intergovernmental coordination and more effective use of information technology.
At the same time, we continue to believe that more robust and creative approaches are needed. In addition to boosting enforcement resources at USTR, we have called for giving tax incentives for companies to bring IP cases to the WTO and tying foreign aid to countries’ willingness to take enforcement seriously. These are among the steps that would show our companies, workers and trading partners just how serious the United States is when it comes to protecting our IP.”
This week Victoria Espinel, the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) in the White House, released a strategic plan on intellectual property enforcement as directed by the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act (PRO-IP Act). ITIF submitted comments to the IPEC, many of which were included in the strategic plan.
The plan includes several of ITIF's recommendations submitted in comments in March 2010.
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