Intellectual Property

Why America Gets Copyright Correct and (Some) Libertarians Do Not

October 3, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Innovation economics holds that a key goal of copyright is to enable a healthy production system that includes not only productivity, quality and innovation, but also national competitiveness. It is this type of system that will create the ability to produce higher quality and more innovative content, not one in which the creators aren’t able to be fairly compensated for their work.

The Size and Shape of Online Piracy

September 17, 2013 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Russell Senate Office Building
Constitution Ave. NE and 1st Street NE
Room 485
Washington
DC
20002

As ITIF has demonstrated, the Internet has been a key driver of global growth while also providing consumers with vastly more choice and convenience.  But it also has enabled the growth of piracy of digital content. Read more »

Declaration Supporting Incentives for Medical Innovation

September 17, 2013
| Testimony and Filings

ITIF joined with a host of national and regional non-profits to call for the development of stronger incentives and intellectual property protections to enhance global medical innovation. ITIF served as a lead signor of the Declaration, along with the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. It was delivered to President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders of both parties. 

IP Protections and Innovation

July 29, 2013
In an interview with KNEW-AM, San Francisco, Robert Atkinson discusses the importance of including strong intellectual property protections in the Trans Pacific Partnership trade negotiations.

In an interview with KNEW-AM, San Francisco, Robert Atkinson discusses the importance of including strong intellectual property protections in the Trans Pacific Partnership trade negotiations. 

Brazil ranks 32nd in the world in the number of resident patents granted.

The Brazilian government must introduce policy reforms that will spur domestic innovation and entrepreneurship. A key area of focus should be the nation's outdated patent system. Currently it takes 5 to 8 years to be granted a patent in Brazil compared to an average of 3 years in the United States.

GAO Report on Economic Impact from IP Theft Underwhelms

July 12, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Aggressive foreign IP theft harms firms and workers in the United States and the overall U.S. economy. It is high-time that the federal government makes it readily apparent that IP theft will be punished systematically and significantly.

Attorney General Asks for More Tools to Combat IP Infringement

May 16, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Without new legislation, the Department of Justice can only bring misdemeanor charges against criminals and terrorists engaged in widespread, for-profit online streaming.

Should Government Regulate Illicit Uses of 3D Printing?

May 16, 2013
| Reports

3D printing is an important technology that introduces new risks for public safety and intellectual property rights. Although 3D printing opens up new practical challenges, especially around enforcement, the policy questions for 3D printers are not substantively different than for other technologies. We should promote the technology while also ensuring that we have strong enforcement mechanisms and penalties, both domestically and internationally, to punish bad actors who abuse the technology by producing items that would be illegal regardless of how they were created. This will allow consumers to continue to reap the benefits of the technology while also protecting them from its potential harms.

ITIF Report Analyzes Policy Implications of 3-D Printing

Latest Report Highlights Continuing IP Infringement Concerns

May 14, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Stephen Ezell discusses possible responses to the U.S. Trade Representatives Special 301 Report, which highlights the damage theft of intellectual property has on the U.S. economy.

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