As 2015 comes to an end, so too will the 2013 Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement. Implemented in June of 2013 by the White House’s Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC), this three-year plan advanced the nation’s intellectual property enforcement and policy priorities. Aiming to better protect intellectual property rights domestically and abroad, the Plan coordinated enforcement agendas across different government agencies, including the Departments of Commerce, Homeland Security, Justice, and State, and the U.S. Copyright Office. It also set goals for improving transparency, efficiency, and data collection to identify areas of improvement in policy making.

In a statement on September 1, 2015, head of IPEC Danny Marti called for interest groups, patent owners, and trade groups to provide input for a new three-year plan, which will be presented to Congress and the President within the next year. Marti highlighted the indispensable role of American ingenuity in achieving economic growth, underscoring the importance of the protection of intellectual property rights. He lamented the negative impact of intellectual property crimes on the global economy—the market for pirated and counterfeit goods may be $1.8 trillion per year, and this figure is growing at an annual rate of 22 percent.

The 2016-2019 Joint Strategic Plan will likely reflect Marti’s agenda, including a heightened profile for infringement and cross-agency collaboration. Since his appointment in March of 2015, Marti has prioritized combating intellectual property theft in the United States and internationally. To achieve this end, he has reconstituted two interagency committees, the Senior Intellectual Property Enforcement Advisory Committee and the IP Enforcement Committee, which President Obama established by executive order in February 2011. Similarly, his office has been assertive in lobbying President Obama to take executive action against malicious cyberactivity (which he did, on April 1, 2015). In the coming years, Marti’s office also plans to both draft legislation and implement new efforts to combat internet-based piracy.

Interested parties have until October 16, 2015 to comment.

Claire Ziegeler

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