Intellectual Property

New CAGW Report on Intellectual Property

On November 17, 2014, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) will release its latest report, “Intellectual Property: Making It Personal.”  Co-authored by CAGW President Tom Schatz and Director of Technology and Telecommunications Policy Deborah Collier, the report describes the positive effects of intellectual property (IP) for individuals, companies, and the U.S. economy, as well as the negative consequences of IP theft.

The Secret’s Out about Plain Packaging

Award-winning author Madeleine L'Engle wrote in her 1968 novel, "The Young Unicorns,” that “[t]o take away a man's freedom of choice, even his freedom to make the wrong choice, is to manipulate him as though he were a puppet and not a person.”

The Brave New World of Intellectual Piracy

By any standard, the Pirates of the Caribbean have nothing on the antics of the pirates of India.  An April 2013 Indian Supreme Court decision has handed over the keys to the castle, and declared open season on pirating intellectual property (IP).  The booty in that case was for a drug to treat cancer that was developed by Novartis, a Swiss drug manufacturer.  The decision opens the door for future denials of drug patents and IP infringement for other industries.

Europe Assaults U.S. Businesses

As the global economy slows, every effort should be made to encourage businesses to invest, innovate, and market their products around the world.  Unfortunately for taxpayers and investors, European regulators are abusing their power in a manner that will adversely impact the ability of the world to avoid the worst results of the current slowdown.

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CAGW Names Rep. Elijah Cummings November 2017 Porker of the Month

Rep. Cummings is CAGW's November Porker of the Month for attempting to place price controls on prescription drugs.