Intellectual Property

U.S. Deposits Instrument of Ratification to Geneva Act of Hague Agreement on Registration of Industrial Designs


This marks the last step in the membership process for the United States to become a Member of the Hague Union. The treaty will go into effect for the United States on May 13, 2015.

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Outcomes from the ITU 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference #PP14

The U.S. delegation achieved its four primary objectives, and all outcomes were agreed by consensus with other member states.

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U.S. Expresses Disappointment at Outcome and Conduct of WIPO Conference on Lisbon Agreement

The United States is deeply disappointed by the outcome and conduct of the recent preparatory committee of the “Diplomatic Conference for Adoption of a Revised Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origins and Geographical Indications”, held under the auspices of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

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U.S. Closing Statement for the Adoption of a Revised Lisbon Agreement

The U.S. sent a delegation of experts to Geneva this week with high hopes for seizing what we viewed as a historic opportunity that the revision of the Lisbon System presents to the WIPO membership

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U.S. Opening Statement for the Adoption of a Revised Lisbon Agreement

In our view, this diplomatic conference presents a historic opportunity to develop a broad multilateral agreement that reflects the shared objective of WIPO Members to provide appropriate protections for geographical indications, while accommodating the diverse approaches in our various national systems.

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First Ever Innovation Fair at the WTO on October 28 Will Showcase Cutting Edge Technologies

On October 28th, the first ever innovation fair at the WTO will showcase cutting edge technologies.

The public is invited to the first-ever Innovation Fair at the World Trade Organization headquarters which will take place in Geneva on October 28, 2014 from noon to 18:00.

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U.S. Statement at Opening of WIPO General Assembly

Ambassador Hamamoto delivered the U.S. Opening Statement at the Fifty-Fourth Series of Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO on September 22.

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Media Note: WIPO General Assembly

Opening day of the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization.

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Key Forms of Intellectual Property Protection

McDonald’s trademarked golden arches outside restaurant (AP Images)

Intellectual property is a valuable asset for an entrepreneur. It consists of inventions, literary and artistic works, symbols, images, names, designs used in commerce and original expressions of creative individuals.

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U.S. Statement on the Trade Policy Review of Burma

This first trade policy review comes at an opportune time, when you are pursuing economic reform in the context of the Framework for Economic and Social Reform and formulation of the National Comprehensive Development Plan.

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