Intellectual Property

USTR's Innovation and Intellectual Property (IIP) uses a wide range of bilateral and multilateral trade tools to promote strong intellectual property laws and effective enforcement worldwide, reflecting the importance of intellectual property and innovation to the future growth of the U.S. economy.

Key areas of work include:

  • the negotiation, implementation, and monitoring of intellectual property provisions of trade agreements;

  • bilateral and regional engagement through such vehicles as the annual "Special 301" review and report and numerous IP dialogues with trading partners;

  • multilateral engagement on IP issues through the World Trade Organization (WTO), and other organizations;

  • implementation of trade policy in support of U.S. innovations, including those in the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries; and

  • providing interagency trade policy leadership.