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Intellectual Property Enforcement

Date: 04/26/2010 Description: L: U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials view thousands of counterfeit watches with Rolex logos, seized in Philadelphia, PA, April 26, 2010. R: The watches are set before a rolling compactor to be destroyed. Center: Light bulb. © AP Image

In the office of Intellectual Property Enforcement (IPE), we advocate for the effective protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) around the world. The IPE team works closely with diplomats serving worldwide in embassies and consulates to ensure that the interests of American rights holders are represented overseas, and to highlight the integral role that IPR protection plays in supporting global economic stability.

IPE strengthens economic rules and norms, increases U.S. business and private sector growth and investment, and creates market access for U.S. goods and services.

IPE actively participates in multilateral and bilateral negotiations and discussions on IPR-related issues, and distributes training and technical assistance funds to help build IPR law enforcement capacity in developing countries. The office also directs an international public diplomacy initiative to broaden awareness of IPR’s important role in addressing international concerns, such as counterfeit medicines and internet piracy. IPE is also active in interagency efforts to combat trade in counterfeit and pirated goods worldwide.

Finally, IPE collaborates with the Office of Commercial and Business Affairs, to assure that U.S. firms have free and fair access to foreign markets and that our trading partners apply laws and regulations openly and transparently.


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