In April 2012, the Commerce Department released a comprehensive report, entitled “Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: Industries in Focus,” that found that intellectual property (IP)-intensive industries support at least 40 million jobs and contribute more than $5 trillion dollars to, or 34.8 percent of, U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). The report disclosed that "virtually every U.S. industry" relies on intellectual property protections, either directly or indirectly. U.S. IP jobs are clustered primarily in the West Coast, the East Coast and in the upper central Midwest. The report notes that most IP-intensive states are California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont and New Hampshire.
The Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) today has released the Administration's Joint Strategic Plan for
Intellectual Property Enforcement. The 2013 Joint Strategic Plan for Intellectual Property Enforcement is available at http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/intellectualproperty/ipec. The June 20 FEDERAL REGISTER provides complete background and instructions for the submission of comments. To be ensured of consideration, written comments on the Strategic Plan must be received on or before July 22, 2013.
The Strategy notes that the Administration encourages the private sector to help reduce intellectual property infringement that occurs online -- such as copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting -- by developing and implementing cooperative, voluntary initiatives that are practical, effective and consistent with due process, free speech, privacy of users and competition. The Administration encourages all participants in such voluntary initiatives to continue cooperating with all interested stakeholders to ensure that the initiatives are as effective and transparent as possible.
Consistent with the Administration's policy of building a data-driven government, the Strategy stresses the importance of evaluating
the effectiveness of the voluntary initiatives encouraged by the Administration. The Strategy also notes that the United States Patent
and Trademark Office (USPTO) will solicit input from the public and from other parts of the U.S. Government to assist in the evaluation of
whether such voluntary initiatives help to reduce infringement.
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