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.
Letter to Representatives regarding "Innovation Act"
Acting for Innovation
Some have argued that fixes to the system should be put off while the system absorbs the changes already made in the America Invents Act, but when problems are spotted they should be addressed. The Innovation Act does just that.
Comments on Department of Commerce Green Paper, Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy
Maine Decides to Open Its Citizens and Itself to Huge New Risks
Maine is allowing the purchase of prescription drugs from foreign Internet pharmacies, putting both patients and the state at risk.
Grand Theft Audio? Rapper Wants GTA 5 Recalled for Stolen Beats
Daz Dillinger said the top-selling but controversial video game “Grand Theft Auto Five” includes his songs and lyrics without permission. Theft of digital music costs recording artists an estimated $12.5 billion annually, according to an IPI study.
IP: The New Kitchen Table Issue?
Voters understand the age in which we live and are keenly aware of the value of IP to their household economy. Perhaps IP is well on its way to being a voting issue.
Fracking Isn't the Threat to Green Energy Innovation
The greatest threat to green energy innovation is not new energy resources, but rather disregard (such as India’s) of the rights of innovators through the international IP system.
Let's Finally Slay the "Trolls"
What needs to be done to finally slay the “troll” is to identify those who are truly bad actors and not impugn legitimate business models, allowing everyone to focus more clearly on the underlying problem.
Throwing Away the World's Biggest Economic Opportunity
So long as India blatantly disregards the intellectual property of its trading partners as part of its economic strategy, India will continue to throw away the world’s biggest economic opportunity.
If You Can't Beat Them, Sue Them,
So what happens when a whole country surrenders to the difficulty of commercializing patents and instead retreats to patent assertion as a means to shake down innovators? Look no further than France.
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