Intellectual Property Rights

Gloved hands holding syringe and vial (© Matt Rourke/AP Images)

U.S. supports waiving rights to COVID-19 vaccines

The United States supports a waiver of intellectual property rights to speed vaccine production. Learn about efforts to improve global access to vaccines.
Illustration of people opening door on side of large copyright symbol (State Dept./D. Thompson)

U.S. copyright law makes thousands of classics free for all

Thousands of songs and stories entered the public domain on January 1, 2021, allowing anyone to freely enjoy or adapt classics from 1925.
Drawing of people wearing hooded sweatshirts bending over laptops while seated along connected lines (State Dept./D. Thompson)

The global reach of the Chinese government’s hackers and thieves

The People's Republic of China's intellectual property thieves are targeting companies worldwide. Learn more about the hackers' global reach.
Attorney General Willam Barr in front of flag (© Patrick Semansky/AP Images)

China’s economic blitzkrieg

The Chinese Communist Party is leveraging its economic power to exert influence around the globe and to try to make the world safe for dictatorship.
Graphic comparing economy scores of United States, China and Venezuela (State Dept./B. Insley)

U.S. leads world in intellectual property protection

Protecting intellectual property rights allows innovators to develop projects to their full potential. See how economies rank in providing this protection.
Outline of chart comparing U.S. and Chinese IPR protections (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkerson)

Bringing an idea to market? The business climate matters.

Today's economies are fueled by intellectual property, so laws protecting innovators' rights are essential. Learn how the U.S. helps innovators thrive.
Daren Tang in suit, smiling (©WIPO)

Singaporean to lead U.N. intellectual property agency

Daren Tang, from Singapore, was elected to become the new director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Graphic about steps universities take to protect sensitive research (AAU)

How universities protect sensitive research [infographic]

Universities around the world are taking steps to protect their sensitive research from attempts by the Chinese Communist Party or others to steal it.
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Protecting intellectual property rights [poster]

Protecting intellectual property rights and making sure that innovators are paid what they deserve are a U.S. priority. Download this free poster.