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International Intellectual Property Rights Assistance

The Office of Intellectual Property Rights (OIPR) of the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration works with U.S. firms to help them protect their intellectual property abroad. Commerce experts can suggest strategies to evaluate IPR problems encountered abroad and will work with U.S. Embassies around the world to pursue a course of action for resolution of the problems. In many cases, OIPR can provide companies with information to aid in navigating a foreign government's legal system.

The Office of Intellectual Property Rights (OIPR) provides counseling, special programs and tools to help U.S. companies to protect their intellectual property (such as patents or trademarks or copyrights) abroad. In addition, the OIPR supports the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) in U.S. trade negotiations. The OIPR helps companies overcome problems they face protecting and enforcing their intellectual property rights overseas. The office develops trade programs and tools to help U.S. businesses and citizens protect and enforce their IPR in foreign markets. The OIPR also coordinates activities relating to IPR trade policy, and conducts outreach to raise awareness. OIPR works with Commerce Department country specialists, industry analyst Commerce Department Intellectual Property attaches, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the U.S. Office of Trade Representative, the Copyright Office, the State Department, the Department of Homeland Security, the Justice Department, industry and other private sector stakeholder advisors.

Eligibility: All U.S. businesses
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