ManuFACTS:Strengthening the PRO-IP Act
Strong Anti-Counterfeiting and Piracy Enforcement Laws ProtectAmerican Jobs, Innovation and Consumer Health
• Intellectual property (IP) is critical to the future of our economy. Manufacturedgoods with copyrights, patents and trademarks represent more than halfof all U.S. exports and drive 40 percent of the country’s growth.• Protecting our nation’s IP is critical. Counterfeiting and piracy cost theU.S. economy up to $250 billion and 750,000 jobs per year.• Counterfeit goods, including prescription drugs, automobile brake pads,airline parts, health and beauty products, batteries and extension cords,pose a serious risk to Americans’ health and safety.• In 2008, the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property(PRO-IP) Act was signed into law, providing governments at the federal,state and local levels with the tools, resources and coordinative authorityto combat IP theft.• Legislation in addition to the PRO-IP Act is needed to provide supportand training and to strengthen import safety and IP enforcement.• At a time when our nation is facing profound economic challenges, the federalgovernment cannot delay taking the final steps needed to protect U.S.manufacturers’ greatest assetthe creative genius of the American people.
How Congress Can Help
• Introduce and pass anti-counterfeiting and import safety legislation that would complement the PRO-IP Actand improve IP protection.
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