CIPU Report: Consumers are Vaguely Aware that Intellectual Property is Important but not Why

NEW YORK, NY, USA, April 3, 2019

Many consumers and some businesses abuse IP rights because they lack basic IP education and are unaware of the impact

A summary of research and surveys focusing on IP awareness and attitudes conducted over the past decade in the U.S., Europe and Asia reveals a growing disconnect between consumers intellectual property awareness and behavior. Perception of the role of IP rights by various audiences and businesses differs markedly from how they are in fact used, with use of counterfeits, illegal copying and patent infringement growing despite a vague awareness that IP rights are “good”.

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U.S. Patent System must be Predictable, Reliable and Balanced, says USPTO Director

NEW YORK, NY, USA, December 3, 2018

Director Iancu’s talk at the IP Awareness Summit highlights the critical role of IP rights in U.S. economic development and leadership

The word “right” is mentioned only once in the United States Constitution and it is in regard to intellectual property rights. That is among the messages conveyed by Undersecretary of Commerce and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Andrei Iancu, who delivered the keynote address at the second annual IP Awareness Summit in New York last week. IPAS was held by the Center for Intellectual Property Understanding (CIPU), an independent non-profit.

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“Erosion of IP Rights Threatens U.S. Competitiveness,” says Economist David Teece at the IP Awareness Summit

IPAS2017 is the first conference devoted to mitigating audiences’ confusion about the role of IP rights in creating value and improving lives

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA, November 8, 2017 — International economist and entrepreneur David Teece said this week that the environment for licensing, essential to future United States prosperity, is slipping away. His remarks were a part of a keynote address on Monday at the Intellectual Property Awareness Summit, IPAS2017, held by the Center for Intellectual Property Understanding (CIPU) at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology.


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Tech Media are More Likely to Editorialize About Patent Disputes and “Trolls” than Business & Consumer Publications

June 12, 2017 – A survey of 127 articles selected from a random sampling using the term patent infringement and published in business, technology and general news publications during 2016 reveal that almost half of the articles are either op-ed or trend pieces.

For the infographic of key findings, go here.

For the complete report, Patterns in Media Coverage of Patent Disputes, go here.


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