Your resource for intellectual property rights information and assistance
It is difficult to overstate the value of intellectual property rights to innovation, investment and economic development. IPR protection and enforcement are critical to the success of U.S. businesses, including SMEs, and to the U.S. economy as a whole. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce estimates that IP intensive industries employ more than 55.7 million Americans, and the Small Business Administration has estimated that SMEs alone employ half of Americans and account for 65 percent of new jobs. (Karen Mills, Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), speech at ‘‘Jobs on Main Street, Customers Around the World’’ event hosted by USTR 01/21/10.) The theft of IP from SMEs in particular is a serious matter, as it stifles innovation, slows economic growth, and weakens the competitiveness of U.S. employers, threatening American jobs. Intellectual property theft has an adverse impact on innovation, commercialization of new products and overall economic success. SMEs are particularly vulnerable because they are at a distinct disadvantage in securing IPR in foreign markets and confronting its theft.
Office of Intellectual Property Rights
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20230
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