U.S. Government Seeks Feedback on Expanding Intellectual Property Enforcement

The U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator has requested public comments on how to shape an intellectual property (IP) enforcement strategy which unifies all of the federal government’s resources towards a common goal. The comments should address 1) the economic, health and safety threats posed by IP violations and 2) recommendations to combat the threats whether through changes in law and regulations or better coordination between government and industry. 

The effort to enhance the federal government’s IP strategy stems from the Bush Administration’s “Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy” (STOP!) Initiative, begun in 2004, in which the U.S. government works with industry and foreign governments to fight global piracy. STOP! was made permanent under a 2008 law to coordinate all government anti-counterfeiting actions and put more law enforcement officers “on the streets” to help find and prosecute criminals (the law does not change a basic requirement that businesses should first register their copyrights, trademarks and patents with the appropriate government authorities in order to establish enforceable legal rights.) 

SEMA will coordinate its comments through the Coalition Against Counterfeiting and Piracy (CACP), sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Comments are due by March 24, 2010. For more information, contact Stuart Gosswein.