India and the U.S. at a Crossroads: What It Means for Our Economy, Trade Agenda and Beyond

May 9, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 9, 2013) - Over the past decade, India has become a worldwide economic force. Despite recent signs that its economy might be slowing, India recorded more than nine percent growth in 2011. At the same time, recent actions on the part of India’s government have called into question its commitment to fair trade and protection of intellectual property, with U.S. Congressional and business leaders calling for a meaningful solution to the problem.

The Indian government’s policies that undermine innovation and intellectual property put the U.S. economy at risk. When India shuts out international competition, U.S. manufacturers lose market share, resulting in job losses and fewer opportunities for innovation. 

Against the backdrop of ongoing TPP negotiations, the U.S. strategic “pivot” to Asia and renewed focus on growing American exports, the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) will host a media teleconference on Tuesday, May 14 at 2:00 PM ET. This discussion will preview ITIF’s upcoming research on India, assess IP and related threats to America’s trade agenda, and outline possible avenues for USTR and other trading partners to take near-term action.

WHAT: Media Teleconference: India and the U.S. at a Crossroads: What it Means for Our Economy, Trade Agenda and Beyond

WHO: Stephen Ezell, Senior Analyst, ITIF

          Ambassador Charlene Barshefsky, former U.S. Trade Representative

         Mark Elliot, Executive Vice President, Global Intellectual Property Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

         Ed Gerwin, Senior Fellow for Trade and Global Economic Policy, Third Way

WHEN: Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 2:00 PM – 3 PM ET, RSVP for Dial-In Number

CONTACT: William Dube, ITIF 202-626-5744



The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a Washington, D.C.-based think tank at the cutting edge of designing innovation strategies and technology policies to create economic opportunities and improve quality of life in the United States and around the world. Founded in 2006, ITIF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-partisan organization that documents the beneficial role technology plays in our lives and provides fact-based analysis and pragmatic ideas for improving technology-driven productivity, boosting competitiveness, and meeting today's global challenges through innovation. For additional information, visit ITIF at or contact Steve Norton at (202) 626-5758 or

Contact: Samantha Greene
Phone: (202) 626 5744