Intellectual Property

The Copyright Alert System: Reducing Digital Piracy

How 3-D Printing will Radically Change the World

Daniel Castro argues that 3-D printing's capacity for innovation will ultimately benefit society, but we must address the policy implications including the need for reformed IP laws.

2014 Special 301 Report Highlights Continuing Concerns over India’s Protection of Foreign IP Rights

May 1, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

The United States Trade Representative’s 2014 Special 301 Report both placed India on its Priority Watch List and announced an out-of-cycle review for India, meaning that USTR will undertake an additional review of India’s intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement policies in the fall of 2014. While the report commended India for making “some improvements in its IPR legal framework and enforcement system” it noted that “IP protection and enforcement challenges are growing” and that “serious questions regarding the future of the innovation climate in India across multiple sectors” including the life sciences, renewable energy, digital content, and information and communications technology product sectors. The report highlighted compulsory licensing, patent denials and revocations, copyright and piracy, counterfeiting, localization policies, and difficulty protecting trade secrets as particular challenges in India’s intellectual property environment.

The Economic Benefits of Life Science Innovation

March 17, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Innovation in life sciences has produced substantial health and economic benefits for countries worldwide. A new study measures the impact of new medicine and technology on Swedish health outcomes. The study provides a unique opportunity to see what would happen if intellectual property rights that encourage innovation were weakened. 

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together

March 13, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

Contrary to the fear-mongering assessment of Marvin Ammori, the House Judiciary subcommittee hearing on the future on the DMCA allows stakeholders to discuss some of the voluntary initiatives available to curb copyright infringement for stakeholders.

India's Troublesome Intellectual Property Environment

February 25, 2014
India's Troublesome Intellectual Property Environment

Robert Atkinson and other leaders in IP community discuss India's lax IP protections in the latest policy video produced by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center.

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The Value of Brands and Reputation in the Global Marketplace

February 12, 2014 - 9:00am - 10:30am
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
1101 K St. NW

Everyone understands the value of business brands for consumers and sales, but the evidence on the economy-wide implications of branding is limited. For example, how much do companies invest in branding relative to other tangible and intangible assets? In which ways are there markets for brands? How do branding choices affect the functioning of market competition? Read more »

Did Gawker Infringe Copyright? That's a Bingo!

January 30, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

When gossip websites like to play with Samurai swords, sometimes things go wrong. Last week, the entertainment website Gawker linked to the leaked draft script of Quentin Tarantino's proposed upcoming film, The Hateful Eight. Now, Tarantino is suing the site for copyright infringement, claiming they promoted the dissemination of unauthorized downloadable copies of the script. And while Gawker tries desperately to refute that by alleging that it was just publishing the news, in fact, it acted like most other online pirates, the site was entirely motivated by profit.

Kim DotCom Thinks You Are a MegaIdiot

January 6, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

In a recent 60 Minutes report, MegaUpload creator Kim DotCom defends his innocence against allegations of facilitating copyright piracy. As the DOJ evidence shows though, DotCom is more villainous than he wants you to believe.

Canada Must Protect Intellectual Property

January 6, 2014
| Blogs & Op-eds

On a number of measures, Canada is one of the leading nations in the world. On several, they lead the United States: Canadians are better educated, more physically fit, enjoy more social mobility, and have greater economic freedom. And yet, surprisingly, Canada has a long tradition of providing intellectual property (IP) protections on a level with that of the developing world.