Intellectual Property

Intellectual property is a critical driver of technological innovation and economic competitiveness — and is at the very heart of the software business, encouraging innovators to invest in research and product development for the benefit of customers and consumers.

America’s economic success and technology leadership depend on a U.S. regulatory system that supports innovation and U.S. competitiveness. Robust protections for patents, including patents for software innovations, are essential to provide incentives for the next great wave of invention. Voices for Innovation supports patent policies that promote fairness and efficiency and deter abusive practices in patent litigation.

VFI also supports the broader protection of intellectual property, including trade secrets. We supported the Defend Trade Secrets Act (S. 1890), bipartisan legislation that created a uniform, federal standard for trade secret protection. DTSA was signed into law in May 2016.

Learn more about IP protection here and read Microsoft’s statement on DTSA.