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CPIP Scholars Join Open Letter Providing IP Guidance for New Administration and Congress

U.S. Capitol buildingThe Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property and several of its Senior Scholars are proud to support an open letter released today providing intellectual property guidelines for the Trump administration and the 115th Congress. CPIP Executive Director Matthew Barblan, Co-Founders Adam Mossoff and Mark Schultz, and Senior Scholars Christopher Holman, Kristen Osenga, and Sean O’Connor join a group of legal and policy experts advocating for an effective IP system that supports America’s world-leading innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship.

The letter provides the following guidelines for the new administration and Congress:

  • Intellectual Property Rights Are Grounded in the Constitution
  • Intellectual Property Rights Are a Fundamental Property Right Deserving the Same Respect as Physical Property
  • Intellectual Property Rights Promote Free Speech and Expression
  • Intellectual Property Rights are Vital to Job Growth & Economic Competitiveness
  • Intellectual Property Rights Must Be Protected Internationally Through Effective IP Provisions in Trade Agreements
  • Intellectual Property Rights Are Integral to Consumer Protection and National Security
  • Intellectual Property Rights Must Be Respected and Protected on the Internet
  • Voluntary Initiatives to Address Intellectual Property Theft Are Positive

The signatories encourage the new administration and Congress to “consider these guidelines as you review and discuss existing laws and regulations governing IP. The Founding Father understood that by protecting the proprietary rights of artists, authors, entrepreneurs, innovators, and inventors, they were promoting the greater public welfare. The continued protection of these fundamental rights is essential to American innovation and competitiveness.”

To download the open letter, please click here.