Intellectual Property Enforcement
The Office of International Intellectual Property Enforcement (IPE) promotes American and global innovation by advocating for the effective protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) around the world. The IPE team works closely with economic officers at the State Department’s embassies, consulates, and missions to ensure that the interests of American right holders are represented overseas, and to highlight the integral role of IPR protection in the development of the global economy.
IPE leads the U.S. Government’s innovation and intellectual property related initiatives in the G8 and the U.S.-China Strategic Economic Dialogue (SED); engages in IPR negotiations in the world’s international organizations; oversees the distribution of training and technical assistance funds to help developing countries build IPR law enforcement capacity; and undertakes public diplomacy programs to generate awareness of the importance of IPR protection. IPE also actively participates in interagency efforts to strengthen the fight against trade in counterfeit and pirated goods worldwide, including the Administration’s Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP!).
||Robert M. Watts
||Phone: (202) 647-3985
||Fax: (202) 647-1537
Bob Watts has been Acting Director of the Office of International Intellectual Property Enforcement since May 2008, having served as Deputy Director since 2006. A career Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Watts has served overseas in Portugal, Brazil, Peru, Canada and most recently in Uzbekistan as the Regional Environment, Science and Technology Officer for Central Asia. Mr. Watts served several tours in the Bureau of Economic, Energy and Business Affairs prior to his tour in IPE, working on energy, agricultural trade, investment, and communications and information policy. Mr. Watts earned degrees from Stanford University (M.A.), Columbia University (Masters of International Affairs), and New College of Florida (B.A.).
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U.S.-Nigeria Intellectual Property Working Group Meeting
USG and Nigerian Government Officials meet to discuss trademark, patent and design protection in Nigeria.
USG Officials Negotiate Language on Intellectual Property Rights and Secured Finance at the UN.
2008 European Region IPR Officers Training Conference
Participants at the 2008 European Region Intellectual Property Rights Officers Training in Budapest.
World Intellectual Property Day
USG and Thai Government Officials celebrate World Intellectual Property Day 2008 in Bangkok.