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AAFA welcomes National IP Strategy
23
Jun '10
American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) President and CEO Kevin M. Burke released the following statement regarding the publication of the National Intellectual Property Strategy by the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC).

Obama Administration announces multi-agency effort to enhance Intellectual Property Protection. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano joined Vice President Joe Biden to announce the Obama administration's Joint Strategic Plan for Intellectual Property (IPR) Enforcement—a multi-agency effort to enhance intellectual property protection by strengthening efforts to combat civil and criminal violations of trademark and copyright infringement.

“The United States has long needed an aggressive, collaborative, and practical approach to combating the scourge of counterfeiting that continues to harm U.S. apparel and footwear brands competing in the global market. I applaud Ms. Espinel and her team for working so diligently to present the U.S. Congress with first-ever survey of our country's intellectual property (IP) regime.

“As this report is transmitted to Congress, it is important to keep in mind that America's competitive edge is dependent upon strong intellectual property enforcement. With strong IP protections for U.S. apparel and footwear brands, our industry will be able to generate and sustain jobs while keeping innovation and creativity at the forefront.

“For the last four years, the U.S. apparel and footwear industry has consistently been the largest victim of IP theft with over half of the seizures by U.S. Customs and Border Protection being footwear, fashion accessories, and apparel. Without an approach forward, the threat of IP theft in stores or through e-commerce will continue to pose significant dangers to U.S. consumers, harm the reputations of U.S. brands, and rob the U.S. government of tax revenue.

“I am pleased this report reflects a comprehensive approach that pulls all IP stakeholders together. This plan will only bring about meaningful improvements to intellectual property protections when our trade partners value IP the same way we do and when we all work with one common goal. AAFA will continue to work with the IPEC, Congress and industry stakeholders as the United States moves forward with these report recommendations.”

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the national trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers, which compete in the global market. AAFA's mission is to promote and enhance its members' competitiveness, productivity and profitability in the global market by minimizing regulatory, commercial, political, and trade restraints.

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