Administration Issues Annual Intellectual Property Report
Washington, D.C.: 2.4.2019 – Today, the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), Vishal Amin, issued the Administration’s 2018 Annual Intellectual Property Report. The report lays out the Administration’s four-part strategy to promote strong intellectual property protection and policy efforts, both domestically and abroad.
“Over the past two years, the Administration has made significant efforts to protect American intellectual property,” stated Coordinator Amin. “It’s imperative that American innovators and creators can operate on a level playing field in a free, fair, and open marketplace.”
IPEC ANNUAL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY REPORT TO CONGRESS: This report is submitted pursuant to 15 U.S.C. §8114. During the past two years, President Trump and his Administration have worked to promote strong intellectual property rights protection and enforcement, both domestically and abroad. As part of an integrated approach, the Trump Administration views our intellectual property strategy, policy and enforcement efforts, together, as key to helping secure the future of our innovative economy and to maintaining our competitive advantage. The Trump Administration’s Annual Intellectual Property Report to Congress, developed by the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, brings together the combined and coordinated efforts of the White House, the Departments of Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, State, Treasury, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the U.S. Copyright Office. This report was originally mandated to be submitted by the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator a decade ago by the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008, and builds upon that framework to provide an overview of the Trump Administration’s intellectual property enforcement strategy and policy efforts. For the United States’ approach to intellectual property and innovation policy to be successful, it must continue to be a combined effort that includes all branches of government, the private sector, and our international partners. The Trump Administration continues to build on past strategic efforts in all areas of intellectual property policy, including patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets, both domestically and abroad. But the Administration also recognizes that for the United States to maintain its future economic competitiveness, we need to think strategically and shift the paradigm to one where we not only place America First, but regard America’s inventive and creative capacity as something that we must protect, promote and prioritize. 1 * * * UNITED STATES INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY STRATEGY “We will safeguard the copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and other intellectual property that is so vital to our security and to our prosperity. We will uphold our values, we will defend our workers, and we will protect the innovations, creations, and inventions that power our magnificent country.” – President Donald J. Trump1 Article I, Section 8, Clause 8 of the Constitution recognizes the fundamental importance of intellectual property and its protection to the United States. Intellectual Property (IP) underpins nearly every aspect of our economy – it supports good paying jobs, it supports the arts, sciences and technology, and it creates a framework that allows new industries and innovations to flourish. On April 26, 2018, President Trump, became the first President to formally recognize World Intellectual Property Day and proclaimed that “[o]n World Intellectual Property Day, we not only celebrate invention and innovation, but also we recognize how integral intellectual property rights are to our Nation’s economic competitiveness.” For this reason, the President stated that “[o]ur country will no longer turn a blind eye to the theft of American jobs, wealth, and intellectual property through the unfair and unscrupulous economic practices of some foreign actors.”2 Under the Trump Administration, the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator3 (IPEC) along with other White House offices, in coordination with executive branch departments and agencies, works to advance pro-growth policies, to promote and protect our great competitive advantage – our nation’s innovative economy. Our efforts have focused on coordinating and developing the United States’ overall intellectual property enforcement policy and strategy, to promote innovation and creativity, and to ensure effective intellectual property protection and enforcement, domestically and abroad. The United States’ intellectual property strategy involves a broad range of executive branch agencies and departments to ensure that the government’s efforts are focused and well coordinated.