It’s Time to Support Software Industry Priorities

posted by in Intellectual Property March 3, 2015

The global software industry – exemplified by the unparalleled success of American-born innovation – is changing the way we live. Software creates jobs. It sustains vibrant economies. And it enables us to do amazing things by connecting human ingenuity with technology to not only improve how we live our lives every day but also turn […]

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Supreme Court Action on Patents Leaves Room for Reform

posted by in Intellectual Property February 12, 2015

Today, the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet held a hearing to examine recent Supreme Court cases in the patent arena. The hearing was carefully watched by opponents and supporters of the Innovation Act (HR 9), a bipartisan patent litigation reform bill introduced last week. BSA and its member companies […]

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Clear Thinking on Software Patents

posted by in Industry, Intellectual Property February 22, 2013

In the vigorous, ongoing debate about the state of America’s patent system — and the state of software patents, in particular — there are some legitimate issues that call for practical solutions, and there is a great deal of peripheral noise. To sort through and identify which is which, BSA and the National Association of […]

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An IPR Strategy to Keep India’s Innovative Economy Moving Forward

posted by in Global Markets, Intellectual Property November 2, 2012

India is well on its way to developing a world-class IT sector. For example, on the strength of its dynamic human capital and extensive investments in research and development, it leapt 10 ranking positions in the 2011 edition of the 66-nation IT Industry Competitiveness Index, created for BSA by the Economist Intelligence Unit. But India […]

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IP: The Not-So-Secret Sauce in the US Economy

posted by in Intellectual Property April 11, 2012

If there was any doubt, a new report from the Commerce Department makes it abundantly clear that intellectual property is the secret sauce in the US economy, officially contributing roughly one-third of the country’s GDP and more than a quarter of its employment. If you are keeping score, that comes to $5 trillion and 40 […]

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Mapping the Global Policy Environment for Cloud Computing

posted by in Cloud Computing, Data February 22, 2012

Cloud computing is the fastest-growing and most exciting new sector in the software and computing industries. IDC estimates that by 2015 revenue from public IT cloud services will account for one out of every seven dollars spent on commercial software, server, and storage offerings. Private cloud solutions could add another 10 percent or 20 percent […]

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Mexico’s Impressive IP Leadership

In the global race to curb intellectual property theft and capture the myriad economic benefits that come from boosting legal software sales, Mexico is setting an impressive pace by leveraging a noteworthy combination of resources from government agencies and private industry. The country’s lead copyright authority, the Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (known by its […]

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Real Crimes with Real Victims

posted by in Intellectual Property March 17, 2011

One of the great misconceptions about intellectual property theft is that it is little more than a nuisance crime. By this faulty reasoning, there’s no real harm in using commercial products without paying for them, and it’s no big deal if someone sets up shop to sell cheap knockoffs of the real thing. But the […]

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Scaling the Mount Everest of Trade Barriers to Create Jobs

posted by in Intellectual Property March 16, 2011

It is a truism: To grow in the global economy, a country must trade. The Obama Administration and Congress clearly understand this. It’s why the President has set a goal of doubling US exports in five years — and why lawmakers are pressing hard to ensure that happens. Congress recently has been scrutinizing US trade […]

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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 […]

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