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June 22, 2016

When you think of the word “counterfeits” what comes to mind? Stacks of phony dollar bills? World-class art thieves? Fake designer hand bags? What about the prescriptions you and your loved ones take to maintain your health? Or the brake pads you hope will work the next time you get in your car?

The counterfeit goods we usually think of first, fashion items, are actually the least...

June 10, 2016

Today, Colombia’s Minister of Health announced what his country is terming a “public interest declaration” that will allow the Colombian government to violate privately held patents and set their own price on Novartis’s breakthrough cancer drug Glivec. This move flies in face of the legal bind between private industry, autonomous governments and the people they represent – jeopardizing the...

May 20, 2016

As the Union Tribune reported on last week, President Obama has prioritized protecting American companies from being robbed of their intellectual property by signing the Defend Trade Secrets Act (“Obama signs bill to deter theft of trade secrets, May 11”). As a center of IP intensive industries like software development and biotechnology, San Diego’s economy relies on companies who are...

April 26, 2016

Today is #worldIPday – a day which is meant to bring to light the importance of intellectual property to maintaining progress across a broad range of industries. From life saving pharmaceuticals to the latest updates in mobile technology, IP is the foundation of value for companies ranging from Apple to Pfizer. If this foundation is not protected – it could lead to the demise of some of our...

March 29, 2016
Last week, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, Vice Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, delivered the keynote address at the Free State Foundation's 8th Annual Telecom Policy Conference. Blackburn has been a longtime supporter of protecting intellectual property and copyright laws in the telecommunications and recording arts industries. Blackburn represents Tennessee's 7th...
February 15, 2016
By Pat Rosenstiel

From the medication that keeps your heart pumping every day to the Oscar nominees that move us year after year, America’s brainpower is our greatest export. At the core of our economy are the intellectual assets that make America’s world-class pharmaceuticals, entertainment and technology possible. Sadly, our creativity and innovation risk theft everyday in a global market that is increasingly...

January 5, 2016
By Patrick Rosenstiel

Star Wars The Force Awakens has raked in over $600 million internationally in its opening week at the box office – one of the strongest showings from any film of all time. There are examples of economic development along the entire “value chain” of the cinematic experience. As droves of moviegoers make their way to the local theater to experience “the force.” jobs are being created...

May 19, 2015

With a lot of myth and hearsay being injected into the current debate on Trade Promotion Authority, the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service has put to rest one big talking point. 

According to a new CRS report, TPA gives 'no new authority' to the president. 

Passing Trade Promotion Authority "...affords Congress several procedural means to...

May 12, 2015

It was a sunny day in Washington but Senate Democrats managed to add a touch of gray to the proceedings. By voting 52-45 against granting President Obama Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to participate in trade negotiations with global economic partners, every Democratic senator except Tom Carper of Delaware failed to overcome isolationist fears and build an American economy that protects...

April 21, 2015

It seems that the president's request for Trade Promotion Authority ~ to grow our nation's economy and build our relationship with Asia ~ has been lost on those unfamiliar with trade policy and the dynamics of foreign relations. Commentators from the far right are starting to say that TPA is a way for the President to jam through his immigration agenda (see here for the good 'ol ...

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