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What We Do:

The Office of Intellectual Property Rights (OIPR) advocates for the intellectual property rights (IPR) of U.S. businesses, advises the International Trade Administration (ITA) on IPR trade policy, and provides information useful to U.S. firms seeking to protect their intellectual property both at home and abroad.

Who We Are:

  • OIPR advances these IPR interests in domestic and international forums through its participation in various working groups and as a member of the U.S. delegation to IPR-related trade negotiations.
  • OIPR contributes to the development and implementation of intellectual property rights (IPR) trade policy, including through administration of the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (ITAC-15), as a Co-Chair of the Transatlantic IPR Working Group, ITA delegate to WTO’s Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs) Council, DOC representative on the Special 301 TPSC Committee, and ITA liaison to the National IP Rights Coordination Center and the White House’s Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator.
  • OIPR counsels U.S. companies on strategies for protecting and enforcing their IPR in the U.S. and overseas, and works with interagency colleagues – both in Washington, DC, and at overseas posts – to resolve IPR-related trade barriers on behalf of U.S. rights holders.
  • OIPR created and manages the USG’s online one-stop-shop for intellectual property rights information and assistance –
  • OIPR partners with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the National IPR Coordination Center to conduct Road Shows around the country in an effort to increase SMEs’ awareness of IPR issues from both a law enforcement and trade perspective.

Last Updated: 2/6/17 5:17 PM

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