(Ryan Ong – National Association of Manufacturers)
Manufacturers in the United States depend on strong IP protections at home and abroad that allow them to create new products, grow their businesses, and thrive in the global economy. That was the core message delivered by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) yesterday in its detailed submission to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) about the need for government action to protect U.S. intellectual property rights.
In his January 30 State of the Union address, President Donald Trump underscored the strategic importance of strong IP for manufacturers, noting that his Administration “will protect American workers and American intellectual property, through strong enforcement of our trade rules.” Indeed, innovative manufacturing faces growing challenges, including increased global infringement of IP, including patents, trade secrets, trademarks and copyrights, in markets like China and India. These attacks on IP directly hurt the ability of manufacturers in the United States to innovate and create good-paying jobs.
The NAM’s submission for USTR’s Special 301 report identified IP problems in nearly 50 foreign countries and highlighted cross-industry trends that are harming manufacturers and jobs in the United States. These trends include problematic attacks on IP rights in international organizations and forums, increasing challenges to the legitimate use of patents and trademarks, weak trade secrets protection in key markets, and rampant counterfeiting and piracy around the world. Click here to read more.