Intellectual Property Rights

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The NAM and its members are leading business community efforts to address a wide variety of intellectual property (IP) issues, including counterfeiting and piracy, reform of the patent system, online brand protection, and others.

Intellectual property (IP) rights are the lifeblood of our economy, and the protection of those rights assures manufacturers that their inventions will be secure as they create jobs and build industries around them. The NAM, therefore, works with policymakers to craft policies that are conducive to the creation and application of technology and vigorously protect intellectual property. Without strong protection, the incentives for future innovation-directed research and development (R&D) will diminish.

The centerpiece of an effective IP protection regime is an adequately staffed, efficiently operated, fully funded U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that processes patent and trademark applications in a high-quality and expeditious fashion. Strong copyright and trademark law should guard against infringement of those ideas that cannot be protected by patents.


  • 01/30/2014
    New Study by Harvard Business School Professor and Nam Chief Economist Shows International Software Piracy Hampering Manufacturers in the U.S.
    Today, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) unveiled a study by Bill Kerr, associate professor at Harvard Business School, and Chad Moutray, chief economist for the NAM, finding that unfair competition fueled by stolen software is a significant drain on manufacturing in the U.S. Estimated losses between 2002 and 2012 totaled nearly $240 billion in manufacturing revenue, $70 billion in GDP and 42,220 U.S. manufacturing jobs. The study, unveiled during a panel discussion at NAM headquarters, is among the first to prove that stolen software use damages sectors of the U.S. economy beyond the software sector.