Intellectual property (IP) protections encourage the research and development (R&D) that drives innovation. Software accounts for 19.6 percent of all domestic business R&D in the United States. Proper IP protection frameworks are critical to maintaining this investment. BSA supports:
- 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,
- protections for trade secrets, and
- meaningful patent litigation reform that reduces opportunistic litigation and allows those who invent and innovate to thrive.