Intellectual Property

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.

ITIF Reacts to New USTR Report on IP Protections and Market Access

WASHINGTON (May 2, 2013) - The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) praised the office of the United States Trade Representative for highlighting the negative impacts of innovation mercantilism in the "2013 Special 301 Report." The annual study provides an analysis of the global state of intellectual property protection, enforcement and market access and singles out countries whose policies and practices are limiting global innovation.
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Senate Finance Committee’s Hearing on TPP Needs to Address Intellectual Property Protection

April 24, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

ITIF recommends that when the Senate Finance Committee convenes, the importance of protecting IP-intensive companies engaged in international trade is foremost on its agenda.

Capitol Records v. ReDigi and Selling “Used” Digital Goods

April 4, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

Whether a system like ReDigi actually prevents music piracy is an open question. There is certainly a degree of consumer trust involved—and I’m sure it is possible to circumvent the system, at least on a limited basis. But the same is true when buying and selling CDs since it is impossible to be sure that the seller has not made an illegal copy. There are no obvious answers here, but if Congress does consider additional reforms to the Copyright Act, it is worth revisiting whether the technology has changed enough to warrant rethinking the First Sale doctrine for digital goods or if we are willing to accept that the First Sale doctrine is no longer feasible in a digital world.

India’s IP Growing Pains

March 25, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

India is a massive, powerful, culturally rich country. Its leading industries already compete very well in world markets and support a large middle class. Creating hundreds of millions more middle-class jobs will require India not to focus primarily on pursuing export-led economic growth but rather to focus on boosting domestic employment by increasing across-the-board productivity growth in the local-serving sectors that account for the vast majority of India’s economy. And this — the long-term interests of the Indian people — is the reason why the world’s largest democracy must continue to embrace open markets and strong intellectual property protections.

Price Discrimination for Copyrighted Works Post-Kirtsaeng

March 22, 2013
| Blogs & Op-eds

ITIF Senior Analyst Daniel Castro argues that the ruling in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley and Sons will make price discrimination difficult for non-digital goods, but that a mix of technology and legal protections will still allow copyright owners to offer regional differential pricing for digital goods.

ICES-GMU Workshop on Internationalization & Competitiveness

March 1, 2013
| Presentations

Last week Rob Atkinson presented on the many myths surrounding adoption of IP practices and trade strategies in developed and developing nations. His presentation at the ICES-GMU Workshop on Internationalization & Competitiveness made clear the need to uphold strong IP protection and get tough on international trade violations and mercantilist practices.