Study Finds IEEE’s 2015 Patent Policy Sowing Uncertainty and Slowing Innovation

By Kevin Madigan & Adam Mossoff As the world prepares for the game-changing transition to 5G wireless systems, the high-tech industry must continue to efficiently develop and implement technologies and networks that work together across different platforms and devices. Few people are aware of how this happens, because it occurs solely between the companies who … Continue reading “Study Finds IEEE’s 2015 Patent Policy Sowing Uncertainty and Slowing Innovation”

Will the EU Finally Hold Internet Giants Accountable?

On July 5th, the European Parliament will vote on a draft of the Copyright Directive for the Digital Single Market that has major implications for the future of copyright law in the European Union and beyond. At the center of the debate is Article 13, a provision that would require online platforms that feature user-generated … Continue reading “Will the EU Finally Hold Internet Giants Accountable?”

The Value of Public Data: Update to “Turning Gold to Lead”

By Kevin Madigan & Adam Mossoff A key value in the empirical work done in the social sciences and in the STEM fields is that data is made public and available for review, testing, and confirmation. Humans are neither infallible nor omniscient, and thus this standard practice in empirical research has evolved as a way to … Continue reading “The Value of Public Data: Update to “Turning Gold to Lead””

U.S. Innovation Economy Falls Even Further in Latest GIPC Patent Rankings

The Global Innovation Policy Center (GIPC) at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has just released the sixth edition of its International IP Index. Unfortunately, the report finds that the United States is now tied for 12th place in its patent rankings. This is down from 10th place last year, and it’s down from 1st place … Continue reading “U.S. Innovation Economy Falls Even Further in Latest GIPC Patent Rankings”

Debunking Criticism of the Copyright Small Claims Act

It’s been six weeks since the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act (H.R.3945) was introduced to Congress by a bipartisan coalition of Representatives, and while there’s an abundance of support among politicians, creators, artists’ rights organizations, and the Copyright Office, some have been critical of the legislation. Although much of the pushback can … Continue reading “Debunking Criticism of the Copyright Small Claims Act”

CPIP Fall Conference Papers Highlight How Intellectual Property Rights Promote Global Prosperity

By Alex Summerton The George Mason Law Review has just published the papers from our Fourth Annual Fall Conference, Intellectual Property & Global Prosperity, which was held at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, in Arlington, Virginia, on October 6-7, 2016. The conference highlighted the importance of IP rights in the global marketplace and … Continue reading “CPIP Fall Conference Papers Highlight How Intellectual Property Rights Promote Global Prosperity”

Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) Unites to Fight Online Piracy

As digital piracy shifts away from torrent downloads and towards unauthorized streaming and theft-based extortion, stakeholders from all parts of the creativity community are reassessing their efforts to fight online infringement. This week, a global coalition of creators and leading on-demand entertainment services joined forces to better address the ever-evolving threat that piracy poses not … Continue reading “Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) Unites to Fight Online Piracy”

In Defense of an Inclusive IP Conversation

In a recent essay responding to a divisive critique of his book, Justifying Intellectual Property, Robert Merges makes clear from the start that he won’t be pulling any punches. He explains that the purpose of his essay, Against Utilitarian Fundamentalism, is to address the misleading and polarizing conclusions of Mark Lemley’s 2015 article, Faith-Based Intellectual … Continue reading “In Defense of an Inclusive IP Conversation”

Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act is First Step Towards a Modern Copyright Office

The House Judiciary Committee today overwhelmingly approved the bipartisan Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act by a vote of 27-1. Introduced last Thursday by Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr.—with the support of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein, and Senator Patrick Leahy—the Act is the first … Continue reading “Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act is First Step Towards a Modern Copyright Office”

Kodi Software Enabling Widespread Copyright Infringement

Awards season always seems to arrive with new stories about how piracy is affecting the film industry and the way we watch movies. Whether it’s a promotional screener that was stolen and uploaded to a torrent site, or the latest software that allows users to download or stream pirated content, the tales are reminders of … Continue reading “Kodi Software Enabling Widespread Copyright Infringement”