The Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator was dedicated to the protection of the American intellectual property that powers our economy. American entrepreneurs, business owners, and the general public are best served by an economy that fosters and protects our global competitive advantage, which must discourage intellectual property theft while protecting the constitutional rights of our citizens. The office strived to make sure that the Federal government takes the most appropriate action to realize those goals.
President Obama and Vice President Biden were acutely aware that intellectual property – the ideas behind inventions; the artistry that goes into books, music, and film; the valuable trade secrets that preserve a company’s market edge – is an integral part of the U.S. economy. Infringement of intellectual property can damage our economy and undermine American jobs. Infringement shrinks markets and opportunity, hurts export prospects, threatens health and safety, and funds criminal syndicates around the world.
The job of the IPEC office was to coordinate the work of the Federal government in order to stop illegal and damaging intellectual property theft. They worked with relevant Federal agencies, law enforcement organizations, foreign governments, private companies, public interest groups, and others to develop and implement the best strategies to conduct this fight. They aimed to foster and protect invention and creativity by reducing infringement at home and abroad.