From the US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator …
Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 10:05 AM Eastern Standard Time
Subject: U.S. IPEC Intellectual Property Spotlight, November-December 2012 Edition
I hope that all is well. Attached is the fifteenth IPEC Spotlight, which illustrates some of the work that the Administration is doing to protect American intellectual property rights and fight infringement.
For example, December saw President Obama sign into law the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act of 2012, which clarifies the language of the Economic Espionage Act so that trade secret thieves can no longer take advantage of a narrow interpretation of the Act.
Also in December, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced the results of the Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets (Notorious Markets List), noting that several markets were removed from the list as a result of 2012 law enforcement action and voluntary measures taken by market operations to address problems. The Notorious Markets List is available here.
And on December 21, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced an agreement between the Russian Federation and the United States, directed at enhancing the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, including combating IPR infringement occurring over the Internet. The complete plan can be viewed here.
We look forward to continued work to protect intellectual property rights at home and abroad.
U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator
Executive Office of the President