Intellectual Property

Our economy is driven by the need to innovate, create, and develop new ways to serve consumers, and industries that rely on intellectual property (IP) play an essential role. When inventors, researchers, engineers, artists, and entrepreneurs know that their work will be protected and rewarded through strong IP rights—including patents, trademarks, and copyrights—they have the certainty and the incentive to keep the economy-boosting innovations coming. Moreover, IP protections guard consumers against dangerous fakes and counterfeit goods.

The Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center is dedicated to promoting innovation through strong IP rights at home and abroad, as well protecting U.S. consumers and keeping U.S. industries on the leading edge of the competition.

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Our Position

Innovative industries contribute enormously to our national and state economies.  Dozens of industries across our economy rely on the adequate enforcement of their patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets to invest and develop their business, while consumers use IP to ensure they are purchasing safe, guaranteed products. We believe IP rights are worth protecting, both domestically and abroad. 

Intellectual Property:

  • Creates and Supports High-Paying Jobs—IP-intensive industries employ more than 40 million Americans and pay on average 30% higher wages than other industries.
  • Drives Economic Growth and Competitiveness—America’s IP is worth more than $5.06 trillion and accounts for 60% of U.S. exports.
  • Protects Consumers and Families—Strong and enforced IP rights ensure that products are safe and authentic, preventing consumers from being ripped-off, or worse, harmed by dangerous, illicit goods.
  • Generates Breakthrough Solutions to Global Problems—IP is crucial to the medical and technological advancements needed to address poverty, hunger, disease, and environmental challenges. Without IP, these challenges will go unmet.
  • Encourage Innovation and Reward Entrepreneurs—IP is an incentive to create. As long as rights are protected and rewards are possible, innovators will continue to take risks and push for advancement.  


Strong IP protections and enforcement are necessary to reap these rewards. Through its Global Intellectual Property Center, the Chamber is working to strengthen IP in the following ways:

  • Advancing global protection and enforcement of IP in trade agreements, and through key-market programs and multilateral policy engagement.
  • Advocating for domestic legislative and regulatory reforms that maintain appropriate and effective levels of protection for IP-intensive industries.
  • Promoting awareness and support of IP rights with international and domestic policymakers.


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Press Release

New Research Reveals Trends in 45 Economies Around the World

WASHINGTOND.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today released its 5th annual International IP Index, “The Roots of Innovation,” rating 45 world economies on patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets, enforcement, and international treaties. The economies benchmarked in the 2017 Index account for 90 percent of global gross domestic product (GDP).

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 8:00am
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — David Hirschmann, president & CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center, today released the following statement in response to the release of the 2016 Notorious Markets List from United States Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman:

Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 2:15pm
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — David Hirschmann, president & CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center, today released the following statement on the Obama administration’s 2016 Joint Strategic Plan (JSP) on Intellectual Property Enforcement:

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 5:30pm
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Intellectual Property Center Executive Vice President Mark Elliot issued the following statement today in response to a decision from the Supreme People’s Court of China, which upheld Michael Jordan’s right to his name. The case heard by the Court involved Jordan’s long-standing trademark dispute with Qiaodan Sports Company. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 2:30pm