US: Annual Intellectual Property Report released

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The Office of the US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator released the United States Annual Intellectual Property Report To Congress for 2020.  The report details actions and activities taken over the past year by the United States to promote and protect American intellectual property; both overall, and on a country-by-country basis.

Sections of the report detail US intellectual property strategy, engagement with trading partners, use of US legal authority, law enforcement action and cooperation, private sector engagement, a look at trends, and facts & statistics.

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Efforts by the Office of the US Trade Representative

A close-up of the activities of the Office of the US Trade Representative identify intellectual property matters with countries that have been the target of broader Trump Administration attention, including China and the recently established US-Mexico-Canada trade region.  It also notes the 2020 publication of the US Trade Representative’s Notorious Markets List and its Special 301 Report on the adequacy and effectiveness of protection and enforcement of IP by our trading partners.

Efforts by the US Copyright Office

The US Copyright Office has conducted a variety of activities focused on updating the Digital Millennium Copyright Act including updates to the process of notification and takedown, of infringing distribution sites.  In May 2020, it released its first “512 study” (which refers to Section 512 of United States Code) of the effectiveness of the notification and takedown system that is currently in place.

(Note, January 21, 2021: these reports are currently offline, possibly due to the transition between presidential administrations)

Access the Annual Intellectual Property Report

Read the White House press release about that report

Why it matters

This Annual IP Report represents an authoritative view of intellectual property matters and issues across US government agencies.

The contents of the report developed by the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, brings together the combined and coordinated efforts of the White House, the Departments of Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, State, Treasury, Defense, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the U.S. Copyright Office.

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