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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

NOV 12, 2021

Government Submission

Asia Pacific | Australia

SEP 03, 2021

Position Paper

European Union | Europe, Middle East and Africa

SEP 03, 2021

Government Submission

European Union | Europe, Middle East and Africa

SEP 02, 2021

Government Submission

European Union | Europe, Middle East and Africa

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THE LATEST POLICY NEWS

OCT 26, 2021 | US

BSA | The Software Alliance welcomes today’s announcement that President Biden will nominate Jessica Rosenworcel for Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Gigi Sohn for Commissioner of the FCC, Alan Davidson for Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), and Kathi Vidal for Under Secretary for Intellectual Property and Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Read more

SEP 13, 2021 | US

On Track, September 13, 2021. BSA's Aaron Cooper joins On Track: Trending Topics in Business and Law for a special episode discussing the 10th anniversary of the Leahy–Smith America Invents Act (AIA). Read more

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