The Office of Innovation and Intellectual Property (IIP) is responsible for U.S. trade policy relating to innovation issues and intellectual property protection and enforcement, including the negotiation, implementation, monitoring and enforcement of bilateral, regional and multilateral agreements.   This reflects the importance of innovation and intellectual property to American jobs, exports and the future growth of the U.S. economy, and covers a range of issues, including copyrights, patents, trademarks, geographical indications, and trade secrets.  In addition to the negotiation, implementation, and monitoring of intellectual property provisions of trade agreements, IIP develops and coordinates U.S. trade policy related to intellectual property and related innovation issues; engages bilaterally and regionally through such vehicles as the annual “Special 301” review; represents the United States in numerous intellectual property dialogues with trading partners; and represents the United States on intellectual property issues in the World Trade Organization (WTO).

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