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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.

FEATURED POLICY RESEARCH / POSITION PAPERS

US: Comments to US Copyright Office regarding Artificial Intelligence and Copyright

OCT 30, 2023 | US

BSA | The Software Alliance (“BSA”) welcomes this opportunity to provide comments to the United States Copyright Office (“US Copyright Office” or “USCO”) in response to the Notice of Inquiry and Request for Comments (“RFC”) on Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) and Copyright.

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US: BSA Submission to USPTO ANPRM on PTAB Discretionary Denials

JUN 20, 2023 | US

BSA | The Software Alliance appreciates the opportunity to respond to the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) published on April 21, 2023 by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and entitled, “Changes Under Consideration to Discretionary Institution Practices, Petition Word-Count Limits, and Settlement Practices for America Invents Act Trial Proceedings Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board” (PTAB).

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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 2023 Special 301 Submission to USTR

JAN 30, 2023 | US

BSA | The Software Alliance provides the following information in response to the notice published by the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) seeking comments on the 2022-2023 Special 301 review under Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974.

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US: BSA Comments on USPTO Strategic Plan

FEB 17, 2023 | US

BSA | The Software Alliance submits the following response to the request of the United States Patent and Trademark Office for comments on the USPTO’s draft Strategic Plan for 2022-2026.

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