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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.

September 15, 2014

Comments to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

August 6, 2014

What Software Patents Have Wrought: 'A lottery ticket to a lawsuit'

In June, the Supreme Court held that abstract ideas are not patentable and that merely implementing them via computer was not enough to make them so. While this decision provides some help, Congress must act to clarify the situation and end the very real harm to the overall patent system.

June 27, 2014

Is streaming technology saving the music industry?

When digital downloads took off in the late Nineties, file-sharing services blossomed, too. The industry went into a tailspin as music sales virtually halved over the next decade. One 2007 study by IPI estimated that illegal downloading was costing the US economy $12.5bn a year.

June 27, 2014

Apple-Samsung Wars Are Hurting Innovation

By directing its energies toward tying up its competitors' time and resources in endless court battles, Apple mires the industry in litigious quicksand, diverts resources from innovation, and deprives consumers of new products and services.

June 26, 2014

In Aereo, the Supreme Court Gets It Right

The Aereo decision is a victory for property rights and the rule of law, rather than the triumph of entrenched interests over disruptive innovation.

May 22, 2014

One More Branch of Government Takes Action and Gets it Right, Another Opts for Failure

The Supreme Court took a step in the right direction, but the proposed patent legislation, which has been shelved, is also necessary to fully address bad actors’ behavior.

May 19, 2014

America becoming a nation of pirates

Entertainment. This country is enthralled with it to the point of breaking the law.

April 26, 2014

Happy World IP Day: Celebrate Responsibly

April 26 is World Intellectual Property Day, recognizing a topic that is increasingly vital and contentious in today's environment of copyright, patent and trademark battles.

April 24, 2014

IP Intensive Industries--the Majority of U.S. Exports

Power point presentation by Tom Giovanetti at IPI's 9th Annual World Intellectual Property Day Forum.

April 20, 2014

Eleven Numbers That Show How Prolific Illegal Downloading Is Right Now

The US economy loses $12.5 billion in revenue and other economic measures each year due to piracy in the music industry, according to the Institute for Policy Innovation estimates.


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