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U.S. Department of State’s Office of International Intellectual Property Enforcement (IPE)

The IPE promotes U.S. innovation by advocating for the effective protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights around the world. IPE’s seeks to strengthen economic rules and norms, increase U.S. business and private sector growth and investment, and create market access for U.S. goods and services. The IPE team works closely with economic, commercial and public diplomacy officers at the State Department’s embassies, consulates and missions to ensure that the interests of American rights holders are represented overseas. It also highlights the integral role of intellectual property rights protection in supporting global economic stability. IPE actively participates in multilateral and bilateral negotiations and discussions on intellectual property rights-related issues; distributes training and technical assistance funds to help build law enforcement capacity in developing countries; and directs an international public diplomacy initiative. IPE is also active in interagency efforts to combat trade in counterfeit and pirated goods worldwide.