TECHNOLOGY: Experts explain intellectual property rights in new publication
Bureau of International Information Programs

January 19, 2006

A new, illustrated publication that explains the ins and outs of intellectual property rights (IPR) -- patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and new forms of intellectual property - has been released by the State Department`s Bureau of International Information Programs.

Focus on: Intellectual Property Rights (http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/intelprp/index.htm) consists of essays by government, academic and industry experts, among them professor Thomas G. Field Jr. of the Franklin Pierce Law Center in New Hampshire.

The `International Perspectives` section opens with `Why Protecting Intellectual Property Matters` by U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs E. Anthony Wayne, and `A Short Guide to International IPR Treaties` by Paul E. Salmon, a patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Martial arts star Jackie Chan contributes a short piece about his international anti-counterfeit campaign, `Fakes Cost More.`

`The Laws in Evolution` segment includes: `The Challenge of Copyright in the Digital Age` by Marybeth Peters, register of copyrights at the Library of Congress` Office of Copyright; `Roundtable: Enforcement, a Priority for All Countries,` featuring officials from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the Justice Department`s Computer Crimes and IP Section; and `New Tools for Fighting Optical Disc Piracy,` co-authored by Bonnie J.K. Richardson, vice president for trade and federal affairs at the Motion Picture Association of America.

`Issues by Industry` offers: `A Trade Association at Work` by Patricia L. Judd, Association of American Publishers` director of international copyright enforcement; `The Cost of Developing a New Drug` by Pfizer Inc.`s director of economic policy, Neal Masia; `Malaria: Partnering to Find a Cure,` co-authored by P. V. Venugopal of the Medicines for Malaria Venture; and `Protecting Trademarks on the Internet` by Angelo Mazza, Internet expert with the New York City firm of Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty LLP.

Other articles explain why countries need effective intellectual property systems, and what governments in each region are doing to enforce IPR. The publication includes a glossary of IP terms, a list of print and Internet IP resources and a separate resource list for children and young adults.

A complete listing (http://usinfo.state.gov/products/pubs/) of other IIP publications is available on the USINFO Web site.