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For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
October 13, 2008
Fact Sheet: Protecting American Innovation
President Bush Has Worked To Ensure That There Is A Level Playing Field Worldwide For American Businesses And Innovators, Free Of Counterfeiting And Piracy
Today, President Bush signed the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO IP) Act. This legislation helps protect the rights of
Counterfeiting hurts businesses, innovators, workers, consumers, government, and our national security. In recent years, counterfeiting has grown rapidly. Counterfeiting costs
The Administration is protecting intellectual property with a bold initiative called STOP! The Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy. In October 2004, the Bush Administration announced STOP!, which is led by the White House and brings together the Departments of Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, State, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. STOP! is the most comprehensive initiative ever advanced to fight global piracy and counterfeiting by systematically dismantling networks that manufacture and distribute intellectual property rights (IPR) infringing goods, blocking pirated and counterfeit works at our borders, helping American businesses secure and enforce their rights around the world, and collaborating with our trading partners to ensure the fight against fakes is global.
In July 2005, the President appointed the first ever U.S. Coordinator for International Intellectual Property Enforcement to lead the STOP! Initiative under the framework of the National Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordination Council.
The Administration established the StopFakes.gov website and STOP! Hotline (1-866-999-HALT) to provide individuals and businesses the information they need to protect their intellectual property rights. The website includes IP toolkits to guide businesses through securing and enforcing their rights in key markets around the globe, including China, Russia, India, Brazil, Mexico, Korea, Thailand, Egypt, Malaysia, and the European Union. The hotline is staffed by attorneys from the Commerce Department's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, who counsel businesses on how to protect their IPR and work with callers on how to best resolve problems.
Over The Past Eight Years, The Administration Has Led The Global Fight Against Counterfeiting And Piracy
The Administration has focused its efforts on China, the global epicenter of counterfeiting and piracy, through the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) and the Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED). The Administration has also brought actions to enforce IP rights under our trade agreements. In April 2007, the Office of the Trade Representative filed cases against
In 2004, the Commerce Department posted the first IP attaché at Embassy
The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the first ever joint investigation with Chinese law enforcement counterparts. Operation Summer Solstice was the first ever joint investigation by
The Departments of Homeland Security and Justice have seen significant improvements in measures of IP enforcement increase over the last five years. The Department of Homeland Security reports seizures totaling $200 million in FY2007, a 27 percent increase from the previous year. The Department of Justice reports a 33 percent increase of criminal cases involving violations of intellectual property rights in the last two years.
In 2005 the Department of Commerces
In October 2007, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative launched efforts to negotiate an Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) a groundbreaking agreement dedicated to advancing global leadership in the fight against IP theft.
The Administration has pursued collaborative engagements with key trading partners throughout the last four years, including most prominently the European Union,
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