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Input Sought for Third Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement

Wednesday, September 02, 2015
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The Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator is developing the third Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement, which will cover the period 2016-2019 and has the following objectives.

- reducing the supply of infringing goods domestically and internationally

- identifying weaknesses, duplication of efforts, waste and other unjustified impediments to effective enforcement actions

- promoting information sharing between participating agencies to the extent permissible by law

- disrupting and eliminating infringement networks in the U.S. and other countries

- strengthening the capacity of other countries to protect and enforce intellectual property rights and helping them do so more effectively

- reducing the number of countries that fail to enforce IPR effectively

- protecting IPR in other countries by working with them to reduce intellectual property crimes, improving information sharing between U.S. and foreign law enforcement agencies, and establishing procedures for consulting with interested groups

- establishing effective and efficient training programs and other forms of technical assistance to enhance the enforcement efforts of foreign governments, including by prioritizing the deployment of U.S. government resources to those countries where programs can be carried out most effectively with the greatest impact on reducing the number of infringing products imported into the U.S. while also protecting the IPR of U.S. rights holders and the interests of U.S. persons otherwise harmed by infringements in other countries

To assist in the development of this plan IPEC is seeking no later than Oct. 16 public input and recommendations for combating emerging or potential future threats posed by IPR violations, including threats to both public health and safety (in the U.S. and internationally) and U.S. innovation and economic competitiveness. Recommendations may include legislation, executive order, presidential memorandum, regulation, guidance or other executive action (e.g., changes to agency policies, practices or methods) as well as ideas for improving or establishing voluntary private-sector initiatives. IPEC also requests the identification of possible areas for enhanced information sharing and access, including relevant data sets and how best to improve open access to such data.

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