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.