Design Patents Make It to Supreme Court
Thursday, October 20, 2016 12:28 pm | By Philip Thompson

Smart phone giants Samsung and Apple have been duking it out over intellectual property infringements since 2012.  The latest bout has roped in the Supreme Court, the first time in 100 years, to referee on design patents, to determine how much Samsung should pay for infringing three out of four of Apple’s design patents.
The design patents at issue are rectangular surfaces with curved edges, beveled sides and a grid of 16 icons for graphical display. None of these are used on products on the shelves today. Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $399 million for infringement on these patents, or the total profit it received from selling “the article of manufacture” with infringed designs.

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IP Plays Central Role in U.S. Economy
Thursday, October 6, 2016 3:20 pm | By Philip Thompson

Fast Facts:
·      IP-intensive industries accounted for $6.6 trillion in value added in 2014, a 30% increase from 2010
·      The share of total U.S. GDP attributable to IP-intensive industries was 38% in 2014, up four points from 2010
·      IP-intensive industries directly and indirectly supported 45.5 million jobs, about 30% of all employment
·      In 2014, workers in IP-intensive indus­tries earned an average weekly wage 46% higher than those in non-IP-intensive industries

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Making the Case for Free Trade
By Anthony McAuliffe

 A group of organizations has written an open letter to Congress to show their strong support for free trade. We are proud to be one of the organizations signing on to this letter, as it reinforces our ideals that supporting free market principles is the only way to achieve prosperity for all people in the U.S. We believe that one of the key components of free trade is the establishment of strong protection for intellectual property. 

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