Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Abroad

Globalization and the rapid proliferation of technology have elevated the importance of intellectual property protection for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The intangible nature of intellectual property and the worldwide inconsistency of standard practices create challenges for U.S. businesses wishing to protect their inventions, brands, and business methods in foreign markets. The three most common vehicles for protecting intellectual property are patents, trademarks, and copyrights. This article is intended to provide exporters with a brief overview of intellectual property rights and the methods being employed to protect those rights internationally.

Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP!)

The Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP!) is the most comprehensive initiative ever advanced to smash the criminal networks that traffic in fakes, stop trade in pirated and counterfeit goods at America's borders, block bogus goods around the world, and help small businesses secure and enforce their rights in overseas markets.

Article: Protecting Intellectual Property Rights Abroad

Learn how to obtain a patent, trademark or copyright in another country and learn how they are protected internationally.

Report IPR Infringement

If you feel your company’s intellectual property rights have been, or may be adversely affected by a pirated and counterfeit goods, you may file a complaint electronically with the Trade Compliance Center within the International Trade Administration.