IP Enforcement As US Foreign PolicyPublished on 18 May 2009 @ 10:46 pm
Intellectual Property Watch
The United States Chamber of Commerce, the largest US business group, on Monday issued a release applauding a new bill introduced into the US House of Representatives by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Howard Berman (Democrat, California) that would “enhance State Department resources and training for intellectual property enforcement efforts in countries not meeting their international obligations,” the Chamber said.
H.R. 2410, the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for FY 2010-2011, is designed to improve and support US foreign policy efforts in defence, diplomacy, and development, it said. “Among other measures, this bill would further IP enforcement as a key component of US foreign policy,” the Chamber said in a release. “To protect and enforce IP rights abroad, the bill authorises 10 IP attachés to serve in US embassies and diplomatic missions, coordinating with foreign governments, rights holders, the secretary of State, and the White House IP enforcement coordinator.”