Quote of the Week: Deanna Tanner Okun, Former Chairman, U.S. International Trade Commission

May 4, 2015

So I think the message that the United States sends when it reduces the the protection afforded intellectual property rights is we send a message to the rest of the world, that they don't need to adopt rules. It use to be, in my view, what the United States was doing when we were negotiating with our trading partners, is we were telling them "copy our laws, not our products". Now I think we are in danger of sending the opposite message and therefore will not be successful in getting countries to adopt strong protection for intellectual property rights.