For Immediate Release

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Contact: Rep. Gene Whisnant, 503-986-1453


Rep. Whisnant Stands up for Intellectual Property Rights


Salem, OR—This morning, Rep. Gene Whisnant (R-Sunriver) carried House Memorial 2 to the floor session of the Oregon House of Representatives. The memorial states that “the State of Oregon supports efforts by the United States government to improve transparency in intellectual property rights policy making and in international trade negotiations.”


“The sale of counterfeit products results in job and earnings losses, reduced tax revenues and threats to public health and safety. U.S. industries that use intellectual property generate $7.7 trillion in gross output and account for more than 60 percent of total exports from our nation,” Rep. Whisnant said.


HM 2 passed the House on a unanimous 60-0 vote. It reads, in part, “Oregon shares with all states the challenge of combating intellectual piracy and the counterfeiting of intellectual property such as pharmaceutical drugs, films, music, apparel design and branding, books, journals, inventions and technologies that affect the quality of life.”


“Oregon’s technology industries and apparel industries are at significant danger of counterfeiting. I believe House Memorial 2 is an easy action for this body to pass to demonstrate our support of protecting the jobs we have that depend upon the protection of intellectual property rights,” Rep. Whisnant said.


Rep. Whisnant is serving his sixth term as State Representative for Redmond, Sunriver, Tumalo and parts of Bend and Deschutes County.


To view Rep. Whisnant’s floor speech, please go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1z2y516IJk&feature=youtu.be