Intellectual Property, Creativity, and Innovation

Intellectual Property, Creativity, and Innovation

Intellectual Property, Creativity, and Innovation

Intellectual property (IP) protections encourage the research and development that drives innovation. Software accounts for 17.2 percent of all domestic business R&D in the United States. Policies to properly protect IP are critical to maintaining this investment. BSA supports:

  • meaningful patent litigation reform that reduces opportunistic litigation and allows those who invent and innovate to thrive,
  • patent protection for all inventions on a technology-neutral basis,
  • copyright laws that protect the rights of authors, intermediaries, and users of works in the digital age.

Software licensing

Support the legal principle that software companies should be allowed to serve their customers with product licenses that cover price, volume, transferability, and other considerations.

Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patent

BSA has developed a primer arguing that the Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patent (CBM Program) should be allowed to expire in 2020, as intended by Congress and as recommended by the US Patent and Trademark Office. The CBM Program has fulfilled its purpose, other technology-neutral proceedings will continue to be available after the CBM Program expires, and the program now has unintended costs on software innovation.

BSA’s 2018 Policy Agenda

Learn more about BSA’s positions on data policy, intellectual property, workforce development, and emerging technologies.

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