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Economic growth begins with ideas, innovation and creativity. Since the signing of the Constitution, the U.S. has protected the fruits of creativity and innovation through intellectual property protection, primarily expressed as patents, trademarks, copyright and trade secrets.

As our economy has become even more dependent on innovation, intellectual property issues have been pushed to the forefront. The clashes have led some to question the value and even the legitimacy of IP protection. While some of these attacks come from the libertarian perspective, most originate from the same naïve socialist impulses that so demonstrably failed in the realm of real property—but somehow are seen as thoughtful with respect to IP.

IPI believes that creators have the right to own and control the fruits of their creativity, and that the IP system has done an admirable job of not only incentivizing innovation, but also making creative products and services available to the public and transferring technology to the developing world.

March 21, 2016

Creative Content Hits Back at Internet Australia on Internet Piracy, Site Blocking

IPI expert referenced: Tom Giovanetti

Creative Content Australia Executive Director Lori Flekser cites Tom Giovanetti, who said: “Patronising suggestions that creators should 'innovate' away their problems is an unhelpful contribution adding nothing to discourse about solutions to piracy…  Content owners ARE innovating. They also want their product protected against massive theft. It’s not a matter of either/or—it’s a matter of both/and.”

March 17, 2016

Let the People Speak and Innovate

Politicians and bureaucrats increasingly want to legislate and regulate innovative new products and business models before they even exist. Instead, better to let society express its will before legislators try to do it. 

December 7, 2015

Patent Trolls: Fraudsters Make Easy Money Due To American Law

The need for patent reform is not a new issue, but a recent ruling provides a perfect example of all that is wrong with our current system. 

December 4, 2015

Stolen Notes

For the Loyola community, illegal downloading is a problem among students and faculty alike. About $12.5 billion is lost in the U.S. economy each year because of music piracy, according to a study by the Institute for Policy Innovation. 

November 5, 2015

Lower Drug Prices by Streamlining Approval Process, Delaying IP Clock

A new publication shows how competition, streamlining the drug-approval process, and leveraging the power of intellectual property protections are the keys to unlock lower prices for consumers. 

November 4, 2015

Explaining the High Cost of Prescription Drugs

Many brand name prescription drugs are expensive, and there are reasons for that. But most of the proposed political "fixes" would only make them more expensive or ensure they never reach the market. The better solution to controlling prices is to reduce onerous regulations an expand competition.

October 12, 2015

Flawed By Design

The next juicy target for “patent trolls” is ripening. Design patents have become increasingly attractive as a new target.

August 3, 2015

The Three Dumbest "Conservative" Objections to Patent Reform

One argument basically is: Obama supports patent reform, therefore it must be a liberal idea. But patent reform enjoys a long tradition of intellectual support from a wide range of right-leaning think tanks and advocacy groups, including IPI.

July 20, 2015

Coalition Letter Supporting Strong Protections for All Types of IP

A coalition of 85 organizations from 51 countries calls for global policymakers to bear serious consideration to the integral role that the IP rights of innovators, creators and entrepreneurs plays in economic, technological and cultural advancement.

July 16, 2015

Why No One Will Reform Washington

The R&D tax credit has been a “temporary” provision in the tax code since 1981. Each time the credit is about to expire, Congress rallies support to renew the tax break from those who benefit from it. As the libertarian IPI puts it, “this cycle has repeated itself for years ... Congress essentially uses this cycle to raise money for re-election, promising the industry more predictability the next time around.”


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