11.30.2011

One of the major issues that the Washington Council on International Trade cares about is IPR - intellectual property rights. Whether in stand alone federal legislation on software piracy or codified into trade policy like the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), the issue of protecting intellectual property in international trade is key to Washington businesses...no surprise, with companies from Microsoft on down spending billions of dollars to develop new products and services, only to have them stolen in other countries. And this is not just an IT issue. Boeing has the same concerns about protecting their manufacturing technologies, and the third most counterfeited product after software and movies is apparel (which companies like REI and Eddie Bauer care about). But IT is indeed a major focus of IP protection, and so it's disappointing to see the recent statistic that 42 percent of world PC software is pirated. In fact, in 2010, the estimated commercial value of pirated software abroad was $51 billion, compared to only $35 billion in royalties & license fees to U.S. firms for software use. From the recent ProgressiveEconomy Trade Fact of the Week email:
11.30.2011

I don't know if you can call a month-old article "news", but give me a break...I've been a little busy putting on the hugely successful Washington Trade Conference! So I'm going to give myself an extended statute of limitations to talk about this "recent" press release announcing the creation of the Los Angeles Regional Export Council. There's lots of reasons why Washington state and the Puget Sound region should care about this...and, by "care about this", I mean "increasingly support our own region's work to coordinate export promotion through the Trade Development Alliance."
11.24.2011

I tried to think of a clever title for this blog post celebrating Monday's fantastic and SOLD OUT Washington Trade Conference, but I'm so out of practice. My last few posts have all been Trade Conference advertisements like the uncleverly -but accurately - titled "JUST ANNOUNCED: Canadian Trade Minister to Speak at Washington Trade Conference." Now that the Trade Conference is over, I promise to get back to the clever and insightful posts that you've come to know and love from the State of Trade Blog, like "From Russia, With Love (of Tariffs)" or "You Down with TPP? (Yeah, You Know Me!)". But before I do, let's take a trip down memory lane and recount the great event that was the 2011 Washington Trade Conference.