Protecting Intellectual Property

Conversations: Protecting Intellectual Property in a Global Marketplace

07.16.13 | By

This week in Malaysia, the United States continues Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations with many of its most important Asia-Pacific trading partners. As we’ve discussed extensively on the Catalyst, through TPP the U.S. aims to expand trade and exports, create new jobs, and help secure its competitive standing in the global marketplace.

Preserving and enforcing intellectual property (IP) protections continues to be an important priority for life sciences, biotechnology and other vital sectors of our economy. IP-intensive industries directly employ 19 million Americans. Factoring indirect jobs, that number reaches nearly 55 million. With the right public policies, these numbers will continue to grow over time.

It is because of the far-reaching impact of IP that we ask the following question this week:

“What steps should the U.S. take to protect and strengthen intellectual property rights domestically and overseas?”

We’re looking forward to responses from Mark Elliott, Executive Vice President at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center, Linda Dempsey, Vice President of International Economic Affairs at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Karen Kerrigan, President & CEO of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, and others who closely follow IP issues.

We’re eager to hear from the community, so please visit ‘Conversations’ and weigh in. We’re looking forward to your thoughts and perspectives.

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