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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.

June 24, 2022

Postmortem on a Pyrrhic Victory for IP Foes at the WTO

The WTO’s approval of a TRIPS waiver for IP related to COVID-19 vaccines is essentially a shotgun blast completely missing the broadside of a barn.

June 10, 2022

USG Remains Misguided in Endorsing COVID-19 TRIPS IPR Waiver

Instead of conflicting mandates, the Biden administration should articulate a coherent set of policies recognizing that IP represents a fundamental and distinguishing driver of American innovation and technological competitiveness. Support for the TRIPS COVID-19 IPR waiver cannot be consonant with such an agenda.

May 13, 2022

Stealing Mickey Mouse: Tit for Tat Legislation Is Bad Policymaking

On May 10, 2022, Senator Josh Hawley introduced the Copyright Clause Restoration Act of 2022, a bill whose sole intent is to deprive Disney of copyright protections in retaliation for the company’s “woke” stance on social issues. This move is petty, unconstitutional, overall bad policymaking, and violates U.S. obligations under the World Intellectual Property Organization Copyright Treaty (WCT). The Senate Judiciary Committee should let this bill die.

April 27, 2022

Innovation and IP’s Role in Combatting the Covid-19 Pandemic

ITIF and the Center for Strategic and International Studies hosted two expert panels exploring how innovation and IP have proved to be instrumental in overcoming the COVID pandemic.

April 26, 2022

IP Stories: Innovating for a Better Future (A World IP Day Event)

Please join ITIF, Geneva Network, Hudson Institute, the Center for Intellectual Property and Innovation Protection, Property Rights Alliance, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as we learn the stories of a few of the individuals and SMEs who rely on IP rights to innovate for a better future.

April 22, 2022

IP Is for Everyone: Celebrating World IP Day 2022

Although skeptics call IP an “elite concern,” recent reports from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), and the European Patent Office (EPO) show the positive impact IP has on small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), overall employment, and regionsal and global economies.

April 18, 2022

We Should Not Allow China to Weaponize Antitrust for Theft of American Intellectual Property

Protecting American innovation is especially critical in an environment in which the military increasingly depends on dual-use technologies such as the memory products at issue in this transaction. We should not allow China to weaponize antitrust for theft of American intellectual property.

March 25, 2022

The COVID-19 TRIPS IPR Waiver Remains a (Bad) Solution Searching for a Problem

Global leaders should look to the facts rather than finalizing the tentative IP waiver agreement. The end is (hopefully) in sight. The world has the tools it needs; it just needs to solve the actual problem. Global efforts and resources would be better spent improving distributional infrastructure than solving an IP-related problem that simply doesn’t exist.

February 24, 2022

The SECRETS Act Adds a Critical New Defense Against IP Theft Threatening U.S. Tech Leadership

Acting against Chinese IP theft is a rare area of bipartisan support in U.S. trade policy, and the SECRETS Act provides a chance for U.S. policymakers and the Biden administration to take a stand against such parasitic practices by enacting a new law.

February 22, 2022

A Worker-Centric Trade Agenda Needs to Focus on Competitiveness, Including Robust IP Protections

In his shift to a “worker-centric trade agenda,” President Biden should reject the counsel of anticorporate, antitrade progressives who deny that U.S. companies’ interests align with U.S. workers’ interests. A new competitiveness-focused approach to trade policy can support both.

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