Tom Giovanetti is president of the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI), a public policy research organization based in Dallas, Texas. Prior to joining IPI in 1992, Mr. Giovanetti was the director of product development for a small manufacturing company in Dallas, where he designed several patented products and gained real-world experience in how taxes and regulations affect small business.
Since joining IPI, Mr. Giovanetti has published numerous opinion/editorials and policy studies on a wide variety of topics including tax reform, intellectual property, Social Security personal accounts, telecom reform, Internet governance, education reform, the broadband revolution, and out-of-control government spending. In addition being published in leading papers including the Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, Investor's Business Daily and The Dallas Morning News, he has also appeared on a host of radio and television programs.
Mr. Giovanetti represents IPI at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), where IPI is an accredited NGO. He has delivered a number of interventions during WIPO conferences on behalf of intellectual property protection. IPI was also accredited as an observer organization with the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), where he argued against UN involvement with Internet governance, and with the UN's Internet Governance Forum (IGF). Mr. Giovanetti also participated during meetings of the World Health Organization's (WHO) Interngovernmental Working Group on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property.
In addition to his writing projects and leadership duties at IPI, Mr. Giovanetti also testifies before state and federal legislative committees on a variety of topics.
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Supreme Court rules in favor of FCC vs. City of Arlington
There has been a huge problem over the past few years with municipalities dragging their feet on approving permits to allow cell phone towers to be constructed, or even to allow new transmitters to be added to existing towers or to buildings.
The simplest observation about the Benghazi emails
The simplest observation about the Benghazi emails is that the Obama administration spent a lot more time discussing how they were going to spin the situation than they did deciding whether or not to try to save American lives under attack by terrorists.
Observations on today's copyright hearing
What was interesting during the hearing was to hear at least one of the participants, Jon Baumgarten, admit that the Copyright Principles Project (CPP) was very much skewed toward the interests of those who see copyright as an obstacle, and skewed against the interests of creators and owners.
A Peculiar Start to the Copyright Review Process
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) has announced that his committee will be undertaking a “comprehensive review of U.S. copyright law,” and they’re beginning this afternoon with a hearing.
USTR releases annual "Special 301" report
Today, the Office of the United States Trade Representative has released its annual "Special 301" report which details the "adequacy and effectiveness of U.S. trading partners’ protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR)."
Highlights of IPI's 2013 World IP Day Celebrations
Last Thursday IPI was honored to once again host the major World IP Day policy event in Washington, DC during the observance of World IP Day.
Myriad's post-SCOTUS analysis
Much attention has been given to the Myriad Genetics case recently argued before the Supreme Court, where Myriad Genetics claims a patent to not only a DNA test, but also to the isolated and refined DNA itself.
Ted Cruz for President?
Just the thing we need to justify yet another reminder that IPI's 25th Anniversary Celebration dinner tomorow night features Senator Cruz as our keynote speaker.
How President Obama's 2013 Budget Affects Intellectual Property
It's instructive to see the impact of the Obama administration’s budget vision as to how it would affect the creative and innovative industries.
Two Charts On the Sequester
Here are a couple of charts that hopefully will provide some perspective on the relative insignificance of the sequester cuts.
Can You Find the Savage Sequester Cuts?
Chart demonstrates the almost insignificant impact of sequester spending cuts.
Texas is #1 Exporting State -- By a Mile
According to statistics from the Commerce Department, in 2012 Texas was the #1 exporting state in the country--and by a mile, too.
Two charts related to spending cuts
I had prepared two PowerPoint slides to help illustrate the points, but due to a miscommunication I wasn't able to slow the slides. So here they are.
Jon Stewart ridicules Krugman's magic coin
Good for Jon Stewart to see the insanity in Paul Krugman's $1 trillion magic coin idea.
Why Obama is Pushing Republicans Over the Fiscal Cliff
What if one side thought it had almost nothing to lose and much to gain, and the outcome of the election simply confirmed this calculation?
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