US Trade Representative Ron Kirk: "If we give away our work product, we just don't have a future"

by Greg Frazier 03/13/2013 12:27 (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)

In his final meeting of the President’s Export Council as the United States Trade Representative yesterday, Ambassador Ron Kirk made a very compelling argument that protecting intellectual property rights both at home and abroad is essential to the continued economic success of our country.

Speaking briefly at the beginning of the meeting, Ambassador Kirk stated that here in the United States “we have a knowledge-based economy and we have to be able to protect that.”  As the U.S. Trade Representative the past four years, Ambassador Kirk has been a strong advocate for enforcing the protection of intellectual property rights with our nation’s trading partners. Throughout negotiations on international and trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), Kirk and the Obama Administration have been adamant about ensuring “the strongest intellectual property protection that we can possibly seek in these agreements.”

Pointing out that all of the members of the President’s Export Council seated around the table yesterday “as different as [their] businesses are, are all linked by the ability to protect [their] work product,” Amb. Kirk asked for the thoughts and help of the other members of the council to help convey the crucial message to the American public that “if we give away our work product, we just don’t have a future.”

As representatives of an American industry that thrives on innovation and the distribution of content to audiences around the globe, we couldn’t agree more with Ambassador Kirk’s assessment.  You can watch the full video of the meeting, including Ambassador Kirk’s remarks, HERE.


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