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Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator

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The U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC) is a position created by the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for Intellectual Property Act of 2008.

The IPEC is dedicated to the protection of the American intellectual property. American entrepreneurs, business owners, and the general public are best served by an economy that fosters and protects the U.S. global competitive advantage, which must discourage intellectual property theft while protecting the constitutional rights of citizens. The office strives to make sure that the Federal government takes the most appropriate action to realize these goals.

The IPEC is tasked with coordinating the development and issuance of two major documents: (i) an Annual Report on the progress made towards the effective enforcement of IP rights; and (ii) a Joint Strategic Plan on IP Enforcement (hereafter the "Joint Strategic Plan," "Strategic Plan," or "Plan"), issued every three years. The Joint Strategic Plan is delivered to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary and the Senate Committee on Appropriations, and to the House Committee on the Judiciary and the House Committee on Appropriations. Per the Act, the Joint Strategic Plan is posted for public access on the White House website.

Pursuant to Federal statute and an Executive Order, the IPEC chairs two separate interagency committees to develop and implement the U.S. Government's IP enforcement priorities. Specifically, the IPEC chairs: (i) a Senior IP Enforcement Advisory Committee and (ii) an IP Enforcement Advisory Committee.

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