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Intellectual Property

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.

Additional Resources:

FEATURED POLICY RESEARCH / POSITION PAPERS

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US: Making Sense of Section 230

FEB 12, 2021 | GLOBAL

This issue brief provides a high-level overview of what Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act does, why it is important to a much broader spectrum of stakeholders than those that have galvanized the current debate, and key considerations for evaluating potential reforms.

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BSA Testimony: Assessing the Effectiveness of the Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents

US: Testimony before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet on “Assessing the Effectiveness of the Transitional Program for Covered Business Method Patents”

MAR 19, 2018 | GLOBAL

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Patent and Trademark Office – Comments on Draft 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

US: Patent and Trademark Office – Comments on Draft 2018-2022 Strategic Plan

SEP 19, 2018 | GLOBAL

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BSA FILINGS AND RESOURCES

Policy issues
Posted date

APR 05, 2021

Government Submission

Asia Pacific | Singapore

MAR 12, 2021

Position Paper

European Union | Europe, Middle East and Africa

FEB 12, 2021

Position Paper

Global | US

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THE LATEST POLICY NEWS

MAY 03, 2021 | US

Washingtonian, May 3, 2021. Washingtonian included BSA President and CEO Victoria Espinel on their 2021 Tech Titans list, a group of 170 power players, innovators, networkers, lobbyists, and government officials who proved resilient in these uncertain times. Read more

MAR 17, 2021 | US

“We appreciate Senators Schatz and Thune working together in a bipartisan way to develop the Platform Accountability and Consumer Transparency Act,” said Craig Albright, Vice President of Legislative Strategy at BSA | The Software Alliance. Read more

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