lördag, oktober 23, 2004

USA:s patentgeneral manar till jihad

Remarks of Jonathan Dudas, under secretary of commerce for intellectual property and director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 2004 AIPLA (The American Intellectual Property Law Association) annual meeting, Friday, October 15, 2004

What I want to talk to you about today are the challenges that face our intellectual property system (...) I'm standing before hundreds of the top intellectual property lawyers in the world. (...) We have a perception gap between developed nations and developing nations on the role of intellectual property and the development of our economy. (...) We have a perception gap between how our high school and college-age kids view theft of tangible property and how they view the theft of intellectual property. (...) And when I say we need to communicate and educate, I don't mean we need to do that out of the kindness of our heart. I say we need to do that because there is truly an attack on the intellectual property system in the United States and internationally (...) there's a growing anti-IP sentiment internationally, and we see it as well in domestic circles, especially in the academic community, Internet bloggers and even among some government entities. This sentiment has poured into WIPO in some instances. (...) Ideally, we should have every nation agree on the intellectual property reforms that we'd like to see go forward, but we simply cannot, we must not have a few nations obstructing the process for the rest of the world. (...) It's also especially true when you consider that nearly half of the funding for WIPO comes from only three nations: the U.S., Japan and Germany. Being outnumbered means only that we have to work harder. (...) Even worse, there were proposals on the table to fundamentally change the WIPO charter and philosophy from one that promotes intellectual property and its protection to a more amorphous charter of "balancing" intellectual property. We have no quarrels with balance. In fact, we believe our current system and international norms are properly balanced. But simply put, this new balancing act is a strategy to water down intellectual property protection, and the U.S. will fight this as well, and I am certain that we will do so. (...) I not only want the USPTO to be the best overall office in the world, and by all measures we are, but to be the clear leader and the trendsetter in every aspect of intellectual property protection. From how we address pendency and quality issues to how we set standards for the world in battling piracy and counterfeiting, I want the USPTO to lead. I intend to continue this mentality in everything we do. I know you've all heard the adage, "Lead, follow or get out of the way."
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