ACI Experts Write on the Health and Economic Effects of Counterfeit Drugs

Today’s American Health & Drug Benefits (AH&DB) Journal, a peer-reviewed forum, published an article written by three ACI experts — Erwin A. Blackstone, Professor of Economics at Temple University; Joseph P. Fuhr, Jr., Professor of Economics at Widener University; and Steve Pociask, President of the American Consumer Institute, Center for Citizen Research.  The article can […]

Innovation: The Key Economic Growth

Once again, the American public seems to have a better grasp on macroeconomics than does our legislature. American citizens by and large believe that piracy and counterfeiting kill jobs and damage the economy. The recent release of The Property Rights Alliance annual “International Property Rights Index” marked a subtle upswing in the United States’ approach […]

Consumers Understand IP

A new report was released today by The American Consumer Institute, detailing the views and opinions held by American consumers on the issues of intellectual property (IP) protection and pirated goods. The study surveyed 1,000 US adults on their thoughts ranging on issues from innovation and creativity to corporate espionage and trade secrets to the […]

Most Favor Protecting Intellectual Property

The American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Researchsurveyed American consumers’ attitudes toward protecting intellectual property (IP) such as copyrights for text, graphics, music and movies, and for patents on industrial designs and pharmaceuticals. For the most part we feel protective toward IP but a small segment shows hypocrisy and some of the survey results are […]

ACI Releases Consumer IP Survey, Holds Capitol Hill Event

On July 25, 2013, ACI held a widely-attended Capitol Hill event with Congressional keynote speakers and an expert panel. Intellectual property (IP) rights are being challenged by widespread theft associated with counterfeiting and the trafficking of pirated goods, which, by some estimates, contributes to hundreds of billions of dollars of economic loses.  While some point to […]

IP Theft More Damaging Than Before

For 50 years, consumers walked by street merchants selling offshore knockoffs of US-branded articles such as handbags and athletic shoes.  More recently, sidewalk and internet offerings include recordings, electronics, and computer software.   At the corporate stratum, theft of intellectual property focuses on more sophisticated loot.  The “usual suspects” were Japan in the 60s, Hong Kong […]

Halting Intellectual Property Theft

Both the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) and the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship (Senate SBC) asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to collaborate with U.S. States on halting the theft of intellectual property (IP).  Consumers have a stake in the outcome because IP theft harms U.S. manufacturers and costs U.S. jobs. […]


1. Artists, authors, manufacturers, and inventors use copyrights, trademarks and patents to protect their products from copycats.  Do you agree or disagree that these protections are a good way to encourage innovation and creativity? A. Strongly agree (58%) B. Agree somewhat (25%) C. Neutral, neither agree nor disagree (3%) D. Disagree somewhat (5%) E. Strongly disagree (5%) F. DK/Other […]

ACI Survey Finds Consumers Support More Protection against Pirated Goods and Content — Counterfeit Goods Cited as Reducing Jobs; Harming the Economy

A national consumer survey conducted by the American Consumer Institute (ACI) finds that the vast majority of consumers support stronger intellectual property protections against trafficking of counterfeit goods.  The survey of 800 consumers found 82% of consumers agreed that counterfeit goods, such as knock-off products, pirated software and imitation pharmacy drugs hurt the economy, with […]

Christenson Blogs: Online Intellectual Property Needs More Protection, but the “Protect IP Act is a Heavy-handed” Solution

Last year’s Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA) was widely chided as a massive overreach of executive power.  Essentially, the bill would allow federal enforcement agencies to force ISPs, Search Engines, Domain Name Registrars and online financial transaction companies, to stop recognizing certain websites that have been deemed “rogue”: those involved in intellectual property […]