Archive for February, 2011

Focusing the Patent Debate on What Most Needs Fixing

posted by in Intellectual Property February 28, 2011

A fair, balanced and effective patent system is indispensible in promoting investment in research and development, job creation, global competitiveness and economic growth — goals that lawmakers from across the ideological spectrum can support. Yet US patent law has not been comprehensively modernized in more than 50 years.

Led by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the full Senate is now slated to consider the Patent Reform Act of 2011 (S.23). This debate presents an opportunity to forge a new consensus on a reform bill that addresses the most pressing problems with the US patent system as it stands today. (more…)

Keeping Strong IPR at the Top of the Trans-Pacific Trade Agenda

posted by in Intellectual Property February 18, 2011

Want to bring down the US trade deficit? One easy way is to reduce software piracy.

At last count, the packaged-software industry was contributing a surplus of nearly $37 billion to the US balance of trade — and that was with one hand tied behind its back, because another $30 billion worth of sales are lost annually to software piracy.

If we bring software piracy rates down, all the job-creating, economy-growing benefits of open markets and free trade will follow. That is why it is so important for new trade agreements to include robust intellectual property protections.


Online Trust Takes More Than Mom’s Maiden Name

posted by in Cybersecurity February 17, 2011

How many websites do you shop? How many passwords do you have for your various online accounts? How many times have you used your mother’s maiden name, your place of birth or some other piece of personally identifiable information to verify your identity in a transaction?

Quite a few, I would guess, and therein lies a challenge. The most common ways of verifying who you are online — so you can access your accounts, buy things or use services — leave behind trails of breadcrumbs that savvy criminals can follow and collect until they have enough information (more…)

Finding Extra Value in an Era of Tight Budgeting

posted by in Cloud Computing February 16, 2011

With sweeping budget proposals now on the table from President Obama and House Republicans, the debate over federal spending is gaining momentum this week in Washington. Not surprisingly, there are diverging views on many of the particulars in the budget. But all agree in principle that the fiscal situation demands belt-tightening — and all agree spending must produce real value. That’s why the administration’s new Federal Cloud Computing Strategy is so important. As unveiled by US CIO Vivek Kundra, it would target as much as a quarter of the government’s $80 billion IT budget to cloud solutions, capturing more value by increasing the government’s operational performance and improving public services. (more…)

A 10-Step Policy Plan for Cloud Computing In Europe

posted by in Cloud Computing February 9, 2011

With its promise of greater efficiency, productivity and value for money, cloud computing has emerged at just the right time for businesses, governments and organizations looking to do more with less. For policy-makers, getting the balance between innovation and regulation right is a key challenge, and the debate is gaining momentum in Europe and elsewhere.

In a lunch event held today in the European Parliament, hosted by MEP Ivailo Kalfin (S&D, Bulgaria), BSA released first comprehensive framework for policy action in Europe on the cloud. The BSA Cloud Computing Policy Agenda for Europe includes 10 concrete policy actions, (more…)

IPEC, One Year On

posted by in Intellectual Property February 8, 2011

CoverWhat a difference a year makes.

In case you missed it, US Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator Victoria Espinel has released the first annual report outlining the Obama administration’s progress in implementing its strategy on intellectual property. It is just one report, but it speaks volumes.