Why Intellectual Property Should Be Included in Trade Agreements

Despite rhetoric from Non-Government Organizations, activists and others engaged in a campaign to erode support for intellectual property rights, a fact-based analysis reveals that IP goods are the largest share of U.S. exports and support a significant portion of the U.S. economy. The U.S. economy is increasingly dependent on the products of innovation, creativity and invention, and so policies that support innovation and creativity should be priorities for the U.S. government, especially in trade agreements. And nudging our trading partners toward greater respect for intellectual property rights also turns out to be in their best interests.

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