REMARKS OF ANTHONY BARONE,

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					                 REMARKS OF ANTHONY BARONE,
      DIRECTOR GLOBAL LOGISTICS POLICY, PFIZER GLOBAL
                         MANUFACTURNG
                  CO-CHAIR IPR SUBCOMMITTEE

DEPARTMENTAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS OF
             U.S. CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION
                      AUGUST 8, SEATTLE

I am pleased to report on progress being made by the IPR
subcommittee. As you know, this has been my personal
priority for my entire time on COAC.

The economic security ensured by patents and copyrights are
at the heart of innovation and need to be protected through
aggressive enforcement of the relevant laws. In the case of
Pfizer, our company invested $8.1 billion last year in
research into new medicines. This year we will spend $1.7
billion in oncology research alone and we are only one
pharmaceutical company. Without intellectual property
protection to fund research, there will be no new research
into the diseases that devastate mankind. Or into new
energy sources, communications capabilities, efficient
transportation systems, toys or even new motion pictures,
books, or published music.

CBP has a statutory mandate and strategic responsibility in
this area. Our subcommittee is intended to support that
responsibility by providing the government input with
respect to the real life experiences and difficulties faced
by the trade community in protecting those guaranteed
rights.

*    In that respect, the subcommittee and CBP staff
drafted a statement of work to define focus areas and
operating ground rules. The scope of work defines the
objectives of the workgroup as:

    Strengthening partnerships between CBP and the trade
     community to promote compliance with IPR laws and
     enhance enforcement
    Improving the effectiveness of IPR risk assessment
     through better identification of high and low risk
     shipments and/or entities
    Identifying effective approaches to deterring IPR
     violations
    Streamlining and modernizing IPR processes through
     improved processes and use of technology
    Supporting other steps to enable more effective
     administration of IPR operations.

*    To date, the subcommittee, which now stands at twenty
two experts in this area, has completed two bi-monthly
teleconferences and has drafted an initial inventory of
project ideas which will then be honed into a list of
several priority, broad impact, project recommendations for
implementation which will be put forward to COAC for
consideration.

Minutes of the subcommittee proceedings and membership list
are being posted to the CBP website for those who are
interested in further details. I want to express my
personal thanks to Mike Schreffler for all his good natured
efforts in this area.