Report: Overseas Intellectual Property Rights Attache Program Is Generally Working Well, but a Comprehensive Operating Plan Is Needed
Department of Commerce Office of Inspector General – United States Patent and Trademark Office, The Overseas Intellectual Property Rights Attaché Program Is Generally Working Well, but a Comprehensive Operating Plan Is Needed, Final Report IPE-19044/July 2008.
“According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, IPR theft costs at least $200 billion per year and the loss of at least 750,000 U.S. jobs. IPR theft also increases safety and health risks, impacting a wide range of industry sectors such as manufacturing, consumer goods, technology, software Intellectual property rights include copyrights and pharmaceuticals, trademarks, patents, industrial designs, and trade secrets. USPTO issues patents and registers trademarks to inventors, authors of written works, and creators to protect their intellectual property rights in the United States. USPTO also promotes IPR protection and enforcement domestically and abroad by conducting outreach and training activities to foster respect for IPR, working to secure strong IPR provisions in international agreements, and encouraging strong IPR enforcement by U.S. trading partners to deter intellectual property theft.”