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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.

Intellectual Property

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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.

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.

March 20, 2023|Reports & Briefings

Critics of Generative AI Are Worrying About the Wrong IP Issues

Critics argue developers of generative AI systems such as ChatGPT and DALL-E have unfairly trained their models on copyrighted works. Those concerns are misguided.

March 20, 2023|Press Releases

Internet Archive’s Copying of Protected Works Is Unconstitutional; Court Should Rule in Favor of Publishers in Hatchette v. Internet Archive, Says ITIF

Internet Archive is not a noble, Robin Hood-like organization bullied by the hierarchy for helping the poor and needy, despite the story EFF and its anti-IP allies continue to spin. Court should rule in favor of publishers.

March 6, 2023|Testimonies & Filings

Comments to the Attorney General of Australia Regarding Australia’s Copyright Enforcement Review

The world’s leading creative countries still have a long way to go before they can say they’ve significantly reduced digital piracy, but many are finally taking steps in the right direction toward this goal. Australia has adopted many of the best policies to better target copyright infringement, but there are a few missing that policymakers should consider.

February 6, 2023|Blogs

Fact of the Week: Enhanced Patent Protections Led to Increased Innovation and Productivity in the US Agricultural Sector

In a recent working paper, economist Jacob Mascona found that the protections led to more innovation and higher yields for the affected crops—specifically, in the ten years following the introduction of the protections, affected crops saw a 119 percent relative increase in the development of novel plant varieties (translating to an additional 11 varieties developed each year) and an 11 percent increase in crop yields.

January 25, 2023|Press Releases

Indian Government’s Use of Copyright Infringement Claims as a Form of Censorship is Harmful, Says ITIF

Copyright does not give governments censorship rights. Copyright exists to enable expression. It provides rightsholders with assurances and controls over their works, and rightsholders alone can enforce their copyrights.

December 14, 2022|Blogs

End the Archaic Argument That Copyright Is Only for the Rich

Creators, industries, the economy, businesses large and small, and more than 5 million U.S. workers rely on copyright. Meanwhile, the patronage system is archaic and irrelevant in the digital age. Policymakers must ignore these unfounded, outdated, and repetitious attacks on creators’ rights, focusing instead on updating copyright laws rather than abolishing them.

December 9, 2022|Blogs

Don’t Delay! Stop the Expanded TRIPS Waiver Today

There is nothing meritorious about an expanded TRIPS waiver for COVID-19 therapeutics and diagnostics IP. Just like the TRIPS waiver for COVID-19 vaccines, the expanded waiver proposal is unnecessary, inappropriate, and harmful. The United States and its allies must not allow it to continue.

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