Forum for Intellectual Property
Among the powers enumerated in the Constitution, Congress is authorized “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” The American innovation economy has been driven for over two centuries by intellectual property rights: patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. Patents spurred innovations in key sectors, such as telecommunications, airplanes, electrical power systems, pharmaceuticals, plastics, and computers. Copyrights guarded the fruits of creative labors in books, music, motion pictures, and computer software. Trademarks secured the valuable goodwill and brands created by now-famous American companies. Americans created intellectual property; American courts protected that property; and the American economy grew. From the industrial revolution to the biotech and computer revolutions and today’s R&D for next-generation inventions in the Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, 5G, and DNA-based medical care, innovation and economic growth are driven by strong intellectual property rights and legal institutions governed by the rule of law.
With the protection of intellectual property now challenged both domestically and internationally, Hudson Institute has created the Forum for Intellectual Property. The Forum will host speakers, hold conferences, and disseminate research on the importance of intellectual property to the Washington policy community.
Chairing the Forum is Hudson Senior Fellow Adam Mossoff. Also supporting the Forum are Hudson Senior Fellows Urška Petrov?i?, Harold Furchtgott-Roth and Thomas Duesterberg.
Thomas J. Duesterberg
Director, Center for the Economics of the Internet
Chair, Forum for Intellectual Property and Senior Fellow
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