Rep. Burchett reintroduces bill to protect intellectual property

WASHINGTON, D.C., (March 20, 2024) – Today, U.S. Congressman Tim Burchett (TN-02) reintroduced the Trade-Related Intellectual Property Protection (TRIPP) Act, legislation focused on protecting intellectual property (IP).

“It’s dangerous and unfair for the United States to simply give adversaries like China access to American intellectual property, but President Biden was eager to do just that during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Rep. Burchett. “He wanted to take private American companies’ intellectual property on vaccine research and give it to the World Health Organization, which would have allowed our foreign adversaries to piggyback on the latest medical treatments developed by hardworking Americans for free. I want to prevent that from happening in the future.”

The TRIPP Act would direct current and future presidents to oppose any waiver of obligations under the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement within the World Health Organization unless specifically directed by Congress. Such a waiver would bypass the minimum standards for the protection of intellectual property. Rep. Burchett originally introduced this bill in the 117th Congress.

The full text of the TRIPP Act can be found here.

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