Intellectual Property

Congress should establish a patent box regime modeled after those of other nations, allowing companies in the U.S. to pay a rate of 17.5 percent on corporate income from patented products.

One of the most interesting developments in the race for global competitiveness are what as known as patent boxes. If a patent box is designed in a way that links the incentive to the conduct of R&D and/or production of the patented product in the United States it would go even further in spurring the creation and location of more innovation-based jobs in the United States. Second, a patent box would lower the effective corporate tax rate for knowledge-based firms located in the United States, making it easier for them to compete against other firms in nations providing robust innovation incentives.

Copyright Technology 101

September 19, 2011
| Presentations

On September 19, 2011, ITIF Senior Analyst Daniel Castro spoke on a panel at the Global IP Academy’s “Copyright in the Digital Age” program sponsored by the United States Copyright Office and the Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). His panel was entitled “Copyright Technology 101” and he discussed the various controls that can be used to protect intellectual property in different parts of the Internet ecosystem. The program was held at the USPTO in Alexandria, Virginia and included approximately 50 foreign government officials working on copyright issues.

Chinese theft of U.S. intellectual property costs almost one million U.S. jobs and caused $48 billion in U.S. economic losses in 2009 alone.

Last week, the U.S. International Trade Commission released a report that once again confirmed what most people know - China's mercantilist economic practices continue to inflict significant damage on the U.S. economy. The report quantifies the substantially deleterious effects of Chinese IPR infringement and indigenous innovation policies that largely block U.S. firms from China's enormous government procurement market. These policies cost the U.S. Read more »

Seventy-nine percent of the software installed on Chinese computers in 2009, valued at $7.6 billion, was not paid for.

As the U.S. International Trade Commission's report, China: Effects of Intellectual Property Infringement and Indigenous Innovation Policies on the U.S. Economy, found, widespread infringement of music, films, entertainment software, books, and other copyrighted materials continues unabated in China, despite repeated government promises that China's government will curtail these practices. Likewise, in his report, Suttmeier cites evidence that 79 percent of the software installed on Chinese computers in 2009, valued at $7.6 billion, was not paid for. Read more »

ITIF Welcomes Copyright Alert System

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Statement by Information Technology and Innovation Foundation President Rob Atkinson on the Copyright Alert System announced today by Internet Service Providers and creators of movies, music, and other content susceptible to unlawful downloading and use. Read more »

Stopping the Pirates Who Roam the Web

The New York Times
In a Letter to the Editor, Rob Atkinson argues that the fact that some advanced users will be able to evade IP piracy countermeasures is no reason to drop those countermeasures from the Protect IP Act.

Strategies to Reduce Barriers to the Free Flow of Information Online

June 17, 2011
| Blogs & Op-eds

The U.S. should work to improve the global free flow of information by reducing barriers, protecting content and improving trust online.

Why the U.S. Needs to Blacklist, Censor Pirate Websites

Ars Technica
Piracy runs rampant on the Internet, but ITIF Senior Analyst Daniel Castro says it doesn't have to be this way.
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