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As nations engage in a race for global advantage in innovation, ITIF champions a new policy paradigm that ensures businesses and national economies can compete successfully by spurring public and private investment in foundational areas such as research, skills, and 21st century infrastructure. Our work on intellectual property issues includes analysis of how appropriately governed intellectual property protections—including patents, copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets—drive innovation.


Losing the Lead: Why the United States Must Reassert Itself as a Global Champion for Robust IP Rights

Losing the Lead: Why the United States Must Reassert Itself as a Global Champion for Robust IP Rights

Arguments for weakening IP rights have been gaining traction in the United States to enable a redistribution agenda. But spurring U.S. competitiveness, supporting American jobs, and advancing innovation will require the federal government to step up its game in defense of a more robust global IP regime.

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February 20, 2024|Blogs

Fact of the Week: A 1 Percent Increase in Patents Leads to a 0.08 Percent Decrease in Carbon Emissions

A new working paper indicates that a 1 percent increase in the number of patent applications is associated with a decrease in carbon emissions of about 0.08 percent.

February 12, 2024|Presentations

AI and Creativity at the 20th Annual State of the Net

Hodan Omaar speaks at the 2024 State of the Net Conference on a panel about artificial intelligence and creativity in the arts.

January 31, 2024|Testimonies & Filings

Comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regarding the WHO Pandemic Preparedness Agreement

The United States should not endorse an IPR waiver in the WHO Pandemic Preparedness Agreement. It would not increase the number of vaccines or therapeutics, or the global supply that might be needed to address a future global pandemic.

January 22, 2024|Blogs

The FTC is Meddling in AI Creativity in Its Comments to the Copyright Office

The FTC is overreaching into areas beyond its regulatory purview—it has no jurisdiction over copyright issues—but imposing additional restrictions on the use of creative works in AI beyond existing copyright law will undercut competition.

January 16, 2024|Blogs

The New York Times’ Copyright Lawsuit Against OpenAI Threatens the Future of AI and Fair Use

The New York Times’ lawsuit against OpenAI mischaracterizes the nuanced dynamics of AI development and the principles of fair use for news articles available online.

November 30, 2023|Blogs

SHOP SAFE Act Could More Effectively Address Counterfeiting Online

The new SHOP SAFE Act, introduced in late September by U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), will help crack down on harmful counterfeit products online. There are a few changes that could make the bill more effective.

November 13, 2023|Blogs

Fact of the Week: An Increase in Robot Adoption Is Associated With an Increase in Patent Applications Among Chinese Manufacturers

A 1-percent increase in robot adoption is associated with an increase of 0.03 percentage points in patent applications among Chinese manufacturers.

September 18, 2023|Blogs

Fact of the Week: R&D Spending During WWII Spurred a Sustained Wave of Innovation That Lasted Through the 1970s

A recent study highlights the critical role the U.S. government played in financing and developing patented technologies coming out of regional technology clusters.

August 7, 2023|Podcasts

Podcast: Counterfeiting Is a Crime Against Innovation, With Kebharu Smith

Counterfeiting—one of the oldest, simplest crimes—has only continued to evolve as technology has grown more complex.

July 31, 2023|Blogs

Fact of the Week: Megafirms’ Share of Novel Patent Applications Had Risen to 32–33 Percent by 2016

Megafirms’ share of novel patent applications had risen to 32-33 percent by 2016 compared to 14 percent in 2000 and 22-23 percent in the early 1980s.

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