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Intellectual Property

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.

Intellectual Property

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November 28, 2022|Blogs

Companies in the US, Germany, and China Filed the Most Madrid System International Trademark Applications Last Year

The United States, Germany, and China are the three countries that used the Madrid System the most last year, which allows firms to receive trademark protection in 128 countries with only one application and set of fees, thereby making it easier to receive international protection for intellectual property.

October 7, 2022|Blogs

Why the SMART Copyright Act Is a Smart Idea

Digital piracy is a significant threat to industries and economies. Congress must act to protect American creators, and enacting the SMART Copyright Act is a smart next step.

October 3, 2022|Podcasts

Podcast: How Henry Ford’s Populist Attitude Led Him to Share Tech With Enemies, With Stefan Link

Rob and Jackie sat down with Stefan Link, Associate Professor of History at Dartmouth University, to discuss Henry Ford and his “open door policy” regarding methods and engineering.

September 19, 2022|Blogs

IP and the Metaverse: The Digital Millennium Copyright Act Will Face Serious Challenges in the Metaverse

With the development of the metaverse and other Web3 technologies creating more challenges for protecting rightsholders from online theft, Congress should update the DMCA to foster greater use of innovative technologies to protect copyright online.

September 12, 2022|Blogs

Fact of the Week: Start-up Patents Are More Influential Than Patents Filed by Large Incumbent Firms

A start-up’s patent receives on average 20 percent more citations in the five years following its grant year than a comparable patent by an incumbent firm. This increases to 50 percent more citations in the six to ten years after the patent’s grant year and twice as many in the 11-15 years after its grant year.

September 9, 2022|Press Releases

Court Should Uphold Digital Millennium Copyright Act Precedent in Green V. DOJ, Says ITIF

IP protections offer creators compensation opportunities as a reward for the time, money, energy, and other resources invested in creating works.

August 30, 2022|Presentations

Why Intellectual Property Rights Matter to Indonesia

Stephen Ezell presented at a conference in Jakarta, Indonesia on August 30, 2022, discussing Why Intellectual Property Rights Matter to Indonesia in advanced-technology industries.

August 15, 2022|Podcasts

Podcast: What Happens to the Economy When Patent Protections Are Weakened, With Jonathan Barnett

Robust intellectual property rights provide the incentives necessary to drive innovation by allowing markets to form for tangible and intangible assets. Without them, incentives get distorted and innovation slows.

August 5, 2022|Press Releases

ITIF Applauds U.S. Court of Appeals Decision to Affirm USTPO’s “Inventor” Definition

Most experts have no idea if AI sentience is even possible. Thus, by no stretch of the imagination should AI systems be legally identified as a natural person.

August 4, 2022|Blogs

Publishers Want to Deter Theft Not Kill Libraries

Internet Archive is not a noble, Robin Hood organization being bullied by the hierarchy for helping the poor and needy, despite the story EFF and its anti-IP allies continue to spin. Rather, this is a simple case of an organization stealing from creators to justify its “information wants to be free ideology,” then trying to redirect blame, hoping to garner sympathy for its wrongdoing rather than simply compensating rightsholders.

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