20.04.2009 | US Chamber of Commerce News - Chamber Joins Broad-Based Intellectual Property Coalition to Protect Innovation Economy
US Chamber of Commerce News - Chamber Joins Broad-Based Intellectual Property Coalition to Protect Innovation Economy
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today joined a broad-based coalition of 41 companies, trade associations, labor unions, alliances, and non-profit organizations in urging the Obama administration to safeguard intellectual property rights as an integral part of America’s innovation economy.
“At a time when workers are losing their jobs, governments need to aggressively protect and enforce creative ownership rights at home and abroad,” said Mark Esper, executive vice president of the Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property (IP) Center. “We urge the administration to increase its commitment to our creative workforce by appointing highly qualified individuals to serve in key positions for IP protection and enforcement. Chief among its priorities should be to nominate the nation’s first White House Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator.”
In a letter delivered today to President Obama by the Copyright Alliance, the coalition stressed the importance of nominating individuals to key IP positions that reflect substantive expertise, competence, a diversity of viewpoints, and a commitment to the administration’s agenda.
“Intellectual property laws are designed to protect workers across the economic spectrum,” Esper said. “Especially in these difficult economic times, we are pleased to join a diverse group to promote the efforts of creative industries that employ millions of American workers.”
The Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center is working around the world to champion IP as vital to creating jobs, saving lives, advancing global economic growth and generating breakthrough solutions to global challenges.
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