Policy - Intellectual Property
Intellectual property refers to an invention from the human intellect that is protected for the creator’s use under the law as a patent, copyright, trademark, or trade secret. In the Information Age, intellectual property is the foundation that ensures future innovations make the leap from the drawing board to the marketplace, where they can be used to improve our lives and tackle the challenges confronting our society.
Our companies drive innovation globally, and their cutting-edge products and services have revolutionized the way we live and work. None of our members’ innovative ideas would have become marketable products that launched job-creating businesses were it not for an intellectual property framework that enabled creativity to become invention.
ITI advocates on behalf of our member companies and the larger technology ecosystem for policies that support robust, modern intellectual property laws to promote the spirit of innovation that drives our economy and transforms our world.
Innovation through patent reform: It’s important for intellectual property rights to keep pace with recent advances and promote the creativity, investment, and address the risk involved in developing new technologies. However, out of control lawsuits by litigious non-practicing entities (NPEs) are exploiting shortcomings in patent laws against innovators and creators, siphoning billions of dollars from legitimate patent holders each year.
Abusive patent litigation does more than cast an unwelcome shadow on our intellectual property system—it deters investment in jobs and new technologies and harms innovation. ITI believes that Congress should act to ensure the continued success and viability of the patent system and prevent the waste and abuse caused by out-of-control litigation to help make America more competitive.
Ensuring the spirit of innovation: In today’s dynamic marketplace, a technology company’s success is highly dependent upon its innovations and competitive advantage, both of which are closely tied to the development and protection of trade secrets. When valuable intellectual property, particularly trade secrets, is stolen through cyber espionage or other means, it poses a serious economic security problem for technology companies and hurts the U.S. innovation economy. For that reason ITI supports a strong, uniform standard to protect trade secrets that will encourage creativity and ensure that today’s ideas will become tomorrow’s revolutionary technology.
ITI Public Comments on Trade Violations and Abuses (August 01, 2017)
ITI's July 31, 2017, comments to the Trump Administration for its "Report to the President on Trade Agreement Violations and Abuses." ITI urged top trade officials to focus on technology-related trade ...
- ITI DTSA House Key Vote Letter (April 26, 2016)
ITI Defending Trade Secrets Act Senate Key Vote Letter March 31, 2016 (March 31, 2016)
ITI Defending Trade Secrets Act Senate Key Vote Letter March 31, 2016
- ITI Policy Position on TPP (December 15, 2015)
Tech Wins in the 114th Congress (December 21, 2016)
The conventional wisdom in Washington always holds to not expect much from divided government, and those expectations only lower heading into a presidential election year because hyper-partisanship can ...
Tech’s 2016 Congressional Agenda: How to Promote Innovation & Economic Growth (February 12, 2016)
Previously I wrote that 2015 was predicted to be a year of gridlock, and yet despite deep partisanship in the nation’s capital, the tech sector saw several of our priorities passed into law. If lawmakers ...
New Innovation Incentive Can Level the Field for U.S. Innovators Competing Around the Globe (September 29, 2015)
ITI released a letter commenting on the draft Innovation Promotion Act today. This bipartisan effort, led by Congressmen Charles Boustany, R-La., and Richard Neal, D-Mass., is a productive first step towards ...
A New Congress and Tech’s Agenda to Advance a Renewed Economy (January 09, 2013)
Sparky Anderson, who managed World Series-winning teams in Cincinnati and Detroit, once remarked, “We’re getting close to opening day. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing.” January 3rd, 2013 marked ...
Tech Unites to Offer First-Ever Innovation Platform to Presidential Candidates (May 04, 2016)
WASHINGTON – As the Republican and Democratic Presidential conventions draw near, the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the global voice of the tech sector, joined with a dozen technology ...
ITI Urges President to Sign Trade Secrets Bill After it is Approved by Congress (April 27, 2016)
WASHINGTON – The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the global voice of the tech sector, released a statement today from Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Andy Halataei praising lawmakers ...
ITI Tells House Lawmakers It Considers Trade Secrets Bill a Key Vote for Tech (April 26, 2016)
WASHINGTON – Today the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the global voice for the technology sector, voiced its strong support for the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (S. 1890), on which ...
ITI Urges House to Bring Bipartisan Trade Secrets Bill Up for a Vote (April 20, 2016)
WASHINGTON – The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the global voice of the tech sector, released a statement today from Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Andy Halataei urging the ...
ITI Calls on U.S. House to Pass Trade Secrets Bill After Senate Approves Measure to Safeguard Cutting Edge Advances (April 04, 2016)
ITI Calls on U.S. House to Pass Trade Secrets Bill After Senate Approves Measure to Safeguard Cutting Edge Advances WASHINGTON – The Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), the global voice of the ...