The U.S. Department
of Commerce has announced new initiatives aimed at better
protecting the intellectual property rights (IPR) of U.S.
These initiatives include the appointment
of IPR experts to monitor and recommend improvements for
IPR protection in Brazil, China, India, Russia and other
markets where the illegal copying of compact discs (CDs),
digital versatile discs (DVDs) and other forms of piracy
are rampant, according to the department’s September
21 news release.
Other programs will provide training for
foreign government officials on global IPR issues, Commerce
“The Bush administration is committed
to stopping trade in pirated and counterfeit goods,”
Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said in the release.
Carlos M. Gutierrez
U.S. Secretary of Commerce
In July, the administration announced the
appointment of a coordinator for IPR enforcement and, in
2004, it unveiled a comprehensive strategy to break the
criminal networks trafficking in pirated and counterfeit
goods, stop trade in these goods and help small businesses
secure and enforce their rights in overseas markets.
For additional information on U.S. policy,
see Protecting Intellectual Property Rights.
Following is the text of the news release:
The Department of Commerce
[Los Angeles, California]
September 21, 2005
COMMERCE SECRETARY CARLOS GUTIERREZ UNVEILS
INITIATIVES TO FIGHT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY THEFT
Gutierrez: Theft of Intellectual
Property Won’t be Tolerated
U.S. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez
today unveiled new Bush administration initiatives to fight
intellectual property theft during visits with High Tech
industry executives in Silicon Valley, California and movie
industry executives in Los Angeles, California.
The new initiatives include the appointment
of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Experts in key overseas
countries including Brazil, China, India and Russia, a new
Small Business Outreach program to educate U.S. small businesses
on how to protect their intellectual property rights, and
a Global Intellectual Property Academy that will provide
training programs for foreign government officials on global
“The protection of intellectual property
is vital to our economic growth and global competitiveness
and it has major consequences in our ongoing effort to promote
security and stability around the world,” Gutierrez
said. “The Bush administration is committed to stopping
trade in pirated and counterfeit goods. Theft of intellectual
property is not tolerated and will not be tolerated.”
Gutierrez announced that the IPR experts
will have legal and technical expertise to effectively advocate
for improved IPR protection.
The Small-Business Outreach Initiative is
an ongoing series of two-day seminars throughout the year
across the United States to educate U.S. small businesses
on how to protect and enforce their intellectual property
rights domestically and abroad.
Gutierrez also discussed the Global IPR
Academy that will work closely with other federal government
agencies to offer training on IPR issues to officials from
developing countries including judges, prosecutors, patent,
trademark and copyright officials, and foreign policy makers
in effort to further raise awareness of IPR theft worldwide.
In July, the Bush administration also announced
the senior-level appointment of a Coordinator of Intellectual
Property Enforcement to help combat intellectual property
IP-based businesses, such as software, bio-technology
and the entertainment industries, now represent the largest
single sector of the U.S. economy. IP theft costs U.S. businesses
an estimated $250 billion per year, and 750,000 American
jobs. The World Customs Organization and Interpol estimate
the total global trade in illegitimate goods increased in
2004 to more than $600 billion.