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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E.g., 12/10/2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber Executive Vice President of the Global Intellectual Property Center Mark Elliot issued the following statement in response to release of the 2017 Special 301 Report by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR):

“American companies must be able to operate in a free and fair trading environment that respects the intellectual property rights on which our innovators rely. We must remain committed to enforcing current trade agreements in order to protect one of the U.S.’s greatest assets: our intellectual property.

Friday, April 28, 2017 - 8:45am
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President of the Global Intellectual Property Center Mark Elliot released the following statement in support of the Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act, the result of a bipartisan, bicameral effort led by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.), Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Senate Judiciary Committee Member Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.).:

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 7:30pm
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President of International Intellectual Property Patrick Kilbride today responded to a NAFTA tribunal ruling on a patent dispute between pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and the Canadian government:

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - 4:30pm
Above the Fold

IP-driven jobs contribute to the local economy in every single state and in every single county in the United States.

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 10:00am