Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On President Obama’s Establishment Of Intellectual Property Enforcement Advisory Committees

“I am pleased that the President has established a series of Intellectual Property Enforcement Advisory Committees, including the committee required by the PRO-IP Act.  I am also glad that he has created a Cabinet-level Senior Advisory Committee.  The creation of these Committees is another important step toward fulfilling the promise of the PRO-IP Act.  That legislation established the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, to provide greater coordination of our intellectual property enforcement efforts.  These advisory committees build on that commitment by ensuring that our federal agencies are working together at the highest levels to effectively enforce our intellectual property laws.  Protecting American intellectual property is critical to our efforts to promote the innovation that will help grow our economy.”

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) was a lead author of the 2008 Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property (PRO-IP) Act, which established the office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in the Executive Office of the President.  The PRO-IP Act was designed to address intellectual property rights enforcement concerns and to protect American innovation and advancement. 


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