Intellectual Property


Intellectual property is one of the central public policy pillars for the rapidly changing knowledge-based 21st century economy. Intellectual property rights (IPRs) provide an increasingly critical legal and policy toolkit for spurring innovation, stimulating the investments needed to develop and market new innovations, creating jobs and disseminating technology and knowledge in socially beneficial ways.


Promote a robust and effective intellectual property framework worldwide. Provide a forum to encourage a US business consensus on key international policy objectives in intellectual property policy.

Current Priorities

  • International Organizations: Monitor and contribute to the work of international organizations engaged in IP issues to ensure a balanced approach to intellectual property issues that promote innovation.
  • Anti-Counterfeiting and Anti-Piracy: Support and advance the agenda of organizations that ensure intellectual property is respected and protected through anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy efforts.
  • Trade: Advocate for IP language in trade agreements that establishes a robust and effective intellectual property framework to promote innovation; encourage implementation of such provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and Trade in Services Agreement.




Vice Chair

Sharon Reiche
Corporate Counsel, Global Patents & Policy, Legal Division
Pfizer, Inc.


Michael Michener
Vice President, Product Policy and Innovation
202-617-3159 or

Mia Lauter
Policy & Program Assistant
212-703-5082 or

  • Global Advocacy: Work to ensure that developing and developed countries support and maintain a robust and effective intellectual property environment and public policies that promote and encourage innovation. Protect from disclosure commercially sensitive and proprietary information and documents required by governments under law or regulation.
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Issues: Monitor and evaluate issues of importance to USCIB members to determine whether further advocacy is required.

Please use the links below to explore recent statements and reports, news stories on USCIB’s website, and media coverage related to our work.

News Stories

Colombians in Washington Lobby on OECD Accession (3/12/2018) - Last week, USCIB was actively involved in various meetings with the Colombian Government, business community, and civil society on the issue of Colombia’s accession process to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
USCIB Urges President Trump: Secure Growth Through Engagement (1/8/2018) - As the annual State of the Union address approaches, USCIB is urging President Trump to use the occasion to commit his administration to pursuing strong U.S. economic growth and improved competitiveness by engaging with our trading partners and key international institutions. In a letter to the president, USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson wrote: “It […]

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Press Releases

USCIB Ramps Up Work on Intellectual Property and Innovation (10/25/2017) - USCIB has redoubled its efforts to promote American competitiveness with the launch of its Intellectual Property and Innovation Committee.
USCIB Welcomes Michael Michener as Vice President of Product Policy and Innovation (2/21/2017) - The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) announced that Michael Michener, a former administrator of the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service who has also served as a U.S. trade diplomat and association executive, has joined USCIB’s staff as vice president of product policy and innovation.

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Staff Contact:   Michael Michener

VP, Product Policy and Innovation
Tel: 202.617.3159

Michael Michener is USCIB’s vice president of product policy and innovation, joining USCIB in early 2017. Michener is a former administrator of the U.S. Foreign Agricultural Service who has also served as a U.S. trade diplomat and association executive. Michener most recently served in Brussels as director of multilateral relations for CropLife International, representing the association before a range of international organizations – including the UN Food and Agricultural Organization, the UN Environment Program and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change – on issues related to crop protection products and agriculture biotechnology.
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