Intellectual Property Rights

U.S. universities top latest worldwide patent count

With heavy investments in research, U.S. universities are outpacing their international counterparts in receiving U.S. patents for new inventions.
Illustration of people opening door on side of large copyright symbol (State Dept./D. Thompson)

What does it mean when copyrighted works become free?

Copyrighted works dating back to 1923 have now entered the public domain. That's important news for teachers, theater groups and others.
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Helping Vietnam’s justice system crack down on intellectual property theft

Following a push by Vietnam to improve enforcement of intellectual property laws, the U.S. trained 120 Vietnamese judges on intellectual property rights.
Bar graph of patent applications from non-residents in 2017

Intellectual property: Protecting ideas is good for business

Protecting your ideas is critical in business. That's why the United States has some of the strongest intellectual property protections in the world.
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U.S. issues 10 millionth patent protecting inventors

President Trump has signed the 10 millionth U.S. patent, which went to an improved laser-detection method that could help pilot self-driving cars.
Wang Yi and Secretary Pompeo shaking hands (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)

Pompeo hosts China’s Foreign Minister Wang in Washington

The U.S. secretary of state and his Chinese counterpart met in Washington to discuss a range of policy topics important to both nations.
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China’s first homegrown airliner is fueled by other countries’ know-how

The launch of China's C919 passenger jet came at the price of fair trade practices, forcing foreign companies to surrender their technologies.
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China’s broken trade promises

China benefited immensely from joining the World Trade Organization in 2001. However, in the years since, it has not made good on promises to open its markets, a condition of its entry.
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Trump’s China tariffs explained

Following years of unfair trade practices by China, President Trump is directing the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to take action — including a 25 percent tariff on designated goods from China.