Date: 05/02/2012 Description: State Department partners with to bring businesses, academics and government officials together to discuss Safeguarding Intellectual Property and Preventing Corruption in Global Markets, May 2, 2012. © State Dept photo by Mark StewartInternational markets differ. Small and Medium Businesses (SMEs) considering exporting IP intensive products and services should become familiar with the legal and regulatory system where they wish to do business. The USPTO has created a Web site,, to help SMEs consider the benefits of strong IP protection - both in the United States and overseas - and decide whether it is right for them. The site includes important information on whether and when to file for intellectual property protection, what type of protection to file for, where to file, and how to go about it.

The Department of Commerce also provides training tutorials on intellectual property protection for SMEs and toolkits describing intellectual property protection in some of our major trading partners. Through its International Intellectual Property Rights Advisory Program, the Department of Commerce offers businesses the opportunity to request a free, one-hour consultation with a volunteer attorney knowledgeable in industry IPR issues within a particular country.

Additionally,, managed by the International Trade Administration, offers a wide range of current industry and trade information to help exporters of U.S. goods and services find the information they need to compete successfully in overseas markets.

The U.S. Trade Representative’s website provides access to annual Special 301 and Notorious Markets Reports to Congress. These reports list countries and markets where intellectual property rights holders have experienced enforcement challenges.

Stakeholders Actively Engaged in Intellectual Property Issues:

  • The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
  • The Business Software Alliance (BSA)
  • Center for Responsible Enterprise And Trade (CREATe)
  • International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC)
  • The International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA)
  • The Kauffman Founders School (Kauffman)
  • The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA)
  • The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
  • The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
  • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce (U.S. Chamber)
  • The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC)

The U.S. Department of State does not specifically endorse organizations, associations, or businesses. Any and all links to websites outside the U.S. Government are strictly for information purposes only.

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