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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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September 18, 2023|Blogs

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.

July 17, 2023|Blogs

Fact of the Week: Immigrant Inventors Produce 23 Percent of US Patents

In a study comparing the impacts of immigrant inventors with those of their native-born peers between 1990 and 2016, immigrants produced 23 percent of all patents.

June 15, 2023|Presentations

Industry 4.0: Tacit & Formal Manufacturing Knowledge, Technology Transfer, IP

Rob Atkinson spoke about the importance of intellectual property to continued innovation and how it fits into enabling future advanced innovation systems, especially in manufacturing, at an event held by Arizona State University's Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes and George Mason University's Center for Intellectual Property and Innovation Policy.

May 31, 2023|Events

The Importance of the Innovation Ecosystem

Join Duke University, Hudson Institute, and ITIF for a daylong roundtable featuring experts in the innovation ecosystem, from academia to the think tank community, as they explore these and other questions.

April 26, 2023|Events

IP Stories: Women and IP (A World IP Day Event)

WIPO’s theme for World IP Day 2023 is “Women and IP: Accelerating Innovation and Creativity.” To celebrate, ITIF highlights the stories of a few of the women who rely on IP rights to accelerate innovation and creativity. Join us for these first-hand accounts of how IP enables and benefits creators, innovators, and society alike.

April 24, 2023|Blogs

IP and the Metaverse: Inconsistent Regulation on Publicity Rights Will Likely Fuel New IP Challenges in the Metaverse

Today’s legal landscape for publicity rights is fractured, but policymakers have the opportunity to shape the framework for the metaverse in a way that appropriately balances users’ and rightsholders’ interests.

March 30, 2023|Presentations

Jurisdiction and Enforcing IP Rights in the Metaverse

Juan Londoño speaks on dispute resolution mechanisms that may have a role to play in resolving some NFT and IP issues.

March 28, 2023|Blogs

Court’s Rejection of the Internet Archive’s Excuse For Pirating E-Books Is a Victory for Copyright

The court rightly refused to encourage or support the Internet Archive's blatant theft and violations of copyright protections in Hachette v. Internet Archive.

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