US consults on antipiracy strategies
May 30, 2023
By Colin Mann
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), which works across government and with the private sector to address counterfeiting and piracy, wants to learn what interested parties are observing and seeks their insights into anticounterfeiting and antipiracy strategies.
The USPTO seeks information from interested parties regarding their observations and insights into the future of anticounterfeiting and antipiracy strategies. In particular, the USPTO requests information from consumers, intellectual property rights holders, online marketplaces and platforms, physical marketplaces, parties who provide goods to the public, consumers, and other private sector stakeholders on the evolution of counterfeiting and piracy in recent years and ways to identify and develop future anticounterfeiting and antipiracy strategies.
To facilitate discussion among members of the public regarding the future of anticounterfeiting and antipiracy, the USPTO will host a roundtable on the topics on October 3rd, 2023.
Comments must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on August 23rd, 2023.
According to the USPTO, the trade in counterfeited and pirated products negatively impacts American innovation and erodes the competitiveness of US manufacturers and workers. For example, digital video piracy conservatively causes lost domestic revenues of at least $29.2 billion (€27.2bn) and as much as $71.0 billion annually.
Furthermore, digital video piracy not only causes lost revenues to the content industry, but also “results in losses to the U.S. economy of between 230,000 and 560,000 jobs and between $47.5 billion and $115.3 billion in reduced gross domestic product (GDP) each year”.