U.S. Chamber's GIPC Tells the Story of Innovation in New State Fact Sheets

Jul 31, 2009

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) has released a study on the importance of intellectual property (IP) and innovation in America. GIPC's State Fact Sheets provide a look at the roles innovation and creativity play in each state, highlighting local companies along with interesting IP facts and figures. Fact sheets for each of the fifty states are located at www.theglobalipcenter.com/.

"America has a story to tell, and each story is unique," says Mark Esper, executive vice president of the Chamber's GIPC. "The value of innovation can be found in every corner of the country, and every state and community plays a role in helping us all achieve the American dream. The State Fact Sheet project captures this spirit of innovation and entrepreneurism and will prove to be a useful resource in highlighting the role IP plays in our lives."

The State Fact Sheets project is intended to be a resource for legislators, policymakers, and the public to identify successful American companies, inventors, creative artists, and innovative enterprises and to better understand the role they play in our economy and society. As part of an easy to use, interactive map, the project can be accessed on-line as well as in a printable format.

Protecting intellectual property is critical for encouraging innovation and investment, raising living standards, preserving public health, and propelling the nation's economic recovery. America's IP-intensive industries employ nearly 18 million workers and account for more than $5 trillion of the U.S. gross domestic product. In addition, IP comprises more than half of all U.S. exports, and represent 40% of U.S. economic growth.

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