The Obama Administration Wants Your Input on IP Policy

The Obama Administration is working to develop a new strategy for intellectual property enforcement and is asking for the public’s help.

According to Victoria Espinel, the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, the White House is seeking input on how to combat “emerging or future threats to American innovation and economic competitiveness posed by violations of intellectual property rights.”

Additionally, it would also like assistance “identifying threats to public health and safety posed by intellectual property infringement, in the U.S. and internationally as well as information relating to the costs to the U.S. economy resulting from infringement of intellectual property rights.”

It “matters that we have the right approach—one that is forceful yet thoughtful, dedicated and effective, and that makes good and efficient use of our resources,” Espinel writes. She also notes that it is important to ensure that IP laws and policies are “understood by policymakers.”

While critics will argue that the Administration may simply be playing to the public, it has previously indicated that it can be swayed by public sentiment. The White House publicly distanced itself from the Stop Online Privacy Act (SOPA) earlier this year after the bill received broad public opposition.


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