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Sidebar: Intellectual Property Enforcement Promotes U.S. Innovation

Bureau of the Comptroller and Global Financial Services
December 16, 2013


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Intellectual Property Enforcement Promotes U.S. Innovation

Photo showing a gavel over a world globe with intersecting lines to indicate global intellectual property rights protection and enforcement.

The 2013 Special 301 Report reviews the global state of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement. Office of the United States Trade Representative

The Department promotes U.S. innovation by advocating for the effective protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) around the world. Its advocacy seeks to strengthen economic rules and norms, increase U.S. business and private sector growth and investment, and improve market access for U.S. goods and services.

The Department 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, aligning with the Department's strategic goal five: support American prosperity through economic diplomacy. The Department is also active in interagency efforts to combat trade in counterfeit and pirated goods.

Strong IPR protection spurs innovation, economic growth, and job creation in the United States and other countries. It turns innovative ideas into valuable business assets, is integral to the rule of law, and promotes public health and safety. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, in coordination with the Department and other partner Federal Government agencies, is responsible for the preparation of the annual Special 301 Report. This report reviews the global state of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement. It also identifies the initiatives to strengthen IPR, including:

  • Advancing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement to strengthen U.S. trade and investment interests in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Launching negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement between the United States and the European Union.
  • Leading partner engagement on IPR issues via the multilateral structure of World Trade Organization agreements.
  • Working with trading partners through bilateral and regional agreements, including free trade agreements.
  • Bringing the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement into force to combat the proliferation of commercial-scale counterfeiting and piracy.
  • Coordinating the review of IPR practices in connection with trade preference programs.


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