Washington - The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) today announced the release of the National Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordination Council's annual report [PDF] . The USPTO and the Department of Justice co-chair the council that was created under the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act 2000 to "coordinate domestic and international intellectual property law enforcement among federal and foreign entities."
The council provides a forum in which agencies coordinate activities involving intellectual property law enforcement. In the months ahead, it will focus its efforts on a campaign of public awareness, at home and internationally, addressing the importance of protecting intellectual property rights.
"Our bilateral and multilateral discussions to strengthen awareness of the importance of intellectual property rights globally will bring about greater uniformity of patent rights around the world, including enforcement of those rights," said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, James E. Rogan. "U.S. industry and the public will benefit from stronger, more enforceable intellectual property rights worldwide."
Today the illegal counterfeiting of trademarks and duplication of software, music, DVDs, and other digitized information takes a significant toll on the global economy. As part of its international efforts, the USPTO focuses significant attention on combating piracy and the enforcement of intellectual property abroad. The USPTO provides guidance, conducts programs, and works with foreign intellectual property offices and international intergovernmental organizations on matters involving the protection of intellectual property.
The council consists of the following members: Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office; Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division; Under Secretary of State for Economic and Agricultural Affairs; Ambassador, Deputy United States Trade Representative; Commissioner of Customs; and the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade. The council consults with the Register of Copyrights on law enforcement matters relating to copyright.
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