WASHINGTON -- Bob Pisano, President and Interim CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA), today applauded House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) and House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Howard Berman (D-CA) for encouraging the White House to focus on strong intellectual property protections in its upcoming negotiations on the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement. In a bipartisan letter addressed to President Obama, 18 Members of the House of Representatives indicated that the ability of the United States to compete on a global scale depends largely on its ability to shield its creative industries from theft.
"We want to thank Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Berman for their leadership and support for pursuing the highest level of protection for American intellectual property rights in the TransPacific Partnership free trade agreement," said Pisano. " They and the 16 other signatories understand the critical role that IP protection plays in safeguarding America's economic future - our export economy, creative jobs, and investments in American innovation depend on it. As a model for future free trade agreements, setting a strong IP precedent is imperative."
"We hope the White House builds on its efforts during the U.S.-Korea FTA negotiations to make intellectual property protection an integral part of this agreement, and look forward to working with Chairman Smith and Ranking Member Berman on future initiatives."
The letter coincides with this week's TPP negotiations in Santiago, Chile, and emphasizes that efforts to bring negotiations to a swift conclusion must not come at the expense of including a robust IP chapter to protect American industry.
A copy of the letter can be found here.