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NEMA applauds introduction of IP Rights Enforcement Act.

Press Release Summary:

Oct 10, 2007 - Introduced to U.S. House of Representatives by Congressmen Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Steve Chabot (R-Ohio), and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.), Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Act bill seeks to ensure continued improvement in U.S. interagency coordination, as well as international coordination among nations committed to fair trade and shutting down counterfeiting and piracy networks. Legislation will also require executive branch to report to Congress about progress toward meeting national goals.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) - Rosslyn, VA

Original Press Release

NEMA Applauds House Introduction of Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Act

Press release date: Sep 21, 2007

ROSSLYN, Va.- The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) today applauded Congressmen Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) for introducing "The Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Act" in the U.S. House of Representatives. Their bill seeks to ensure continued improvement in U.S. interagency coordination, as well as international coordination among nations committed to fair trade and shutting down counterfeiting and piracy networks. The legislation, which is a companion bill to S. 522, will also require the executive branch to report to Congress about progress toward meeting national goals.

"Counterfeiting in electrical products is on the rise and represents a growing public safety concern in addition to sales lost to the criminal enterprises that finance piracy and counterfeiting," said NEMA President Evan Gaddis. "More often than not, the counterfeit electrical product is a substandard product and an unsafe product. This is well documented."

"NEMA envisions continuous improvement in our domestic and international efforts to suppress illegal trade in counterfeit products in the years to come," said Gaddis. "This is an effort that requires the collaboration of both the executive branch and Congress in assuring that there are adequate public resources and commitment to meet the nation's goals." NEMA is also working with the Bush Administration's Strategy Targeting Organized Piracy (STOP) program, which has brought about improvements in the development of national anti-counterfeiting policies and the coordination of law enforcement efforts.

NEMA is encouraging the House and Senate leadership to make passage of "The Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Act" a priority in the 110th Congress.

For further information about counterfeit electrical products, visit http://www.nema.org/gov/anti-counterfeiting/news.cfm.

NEMA is the trade association of choice for the electrical manufacturing industry. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. These products are used in utility, medical imaging, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. Domestic production of electrical products sold worldwide exceeds $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing, Sao Paulo, and Mexico City.

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