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Modernizing the Copyright Office

The digital economy is continuing to grow, and copyright works, including books, movies, music and other creative works, play a large role in that growth. According to the International Intellectual Property Alliance, copyright contributes more than $1 trillion to the U.S. gross domestic product, and copyright industries employ nearly 5.5 million workers.

The TPA Debate: Fears & Facts about “Fast-Track”

When Chicken Little said “The sky is falling!” and convinced his barnyard brethren of the same, the facts notwithstanding, he practically invented fear-mongering. Trade liberalization opponents are engaged in their own version of spreading false and misleading information by claiming that so-called “fast track” legislation is fraught with end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it perils. Just as the falling acorn was a whopping example of misdirection, so too is much of the current opposition.

Trade Agreements Protect IP Abroad

The U.S. Trade Representative has been working on two important trade agreements, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and the Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP). Each of the agreements provides opportunities for the U.S. to expand its reach into the global market, while protecting and promoting U.S. manufactured goods overseas. The agreements also present an opportunity for the U.S. to further enhance the protection of intellectual property (IP) abroad.

Plain Packaging Spreads to Ireland

Following Australia's 2012 foray into plain packaging, the Irish Senate adopted a resolution to restrict the use of corporate logos and trademarks on cigarette packaging on March 3, 2015.

Innovation = Jobs

Innovation creates jobs.

That is the central premise of Jay Walker’s keynote address, “Making Innovation Work for America and Americans,” at the first meeting of the IP Dealmakers Forum on November 6, 2014. The forum linked investors together with intellectual property (IP) information and opportunities.

Garage Bands At Risk

In a September 4, 2014 interview in Esquire Magazine, the legendary Gene Simmons of KISS spoke about the demise of rock, and the inability of new musicians to garner success in today’s music world.

ITIF Event Highlights Intellectual Property Challenges in India

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World Intellectual Property Day Is April 26

World Intellectual Property Day is April 26, 2014.  Set aside by the international community in 2000, as a day to increase and promote a general understanding of intellectual property (IP), this event is recognized worldwide at numerous events.  Among those events this year was the 2014 IP Champions Conference, held on April 23, 2014 by the Global Intellectual Property Center of the U.S.

Tax Day – For Some of Us

For most Americans, April 15 is a day of fear and loathing.  It is time to account for all of the taxes owed to various levels of government.  If someone has overpaid, money will be coming back.  If a taxpayer has underpaid, a (sometimes large) check must be written.  But if someone earns money that the government never knows about and therefore doesn’t pay any taxes, April 15 is just another day on the calendar.

India Bottoms Out on IP Protection

On January 29, 2014, the Global Intellectual Property Center released its second annual intellectual property index, rating how various countries around the world performed on protecting intellectual property (IP).

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