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 […]

Pociask and Umansky in The Hill: Bring on the Importance of the IP Transition

This article is written by Barry Umansky, law professor at Ball State’s Digital Policy Institute, and Steve Pociask of the American Consumer Institute.  The views expressed in the piece are our own and do not represent the views of any organization, committee or company.  It can be downloaded and read at The Hill.

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 […]