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Comments of Public Knowledge on Strategy for American Innovation

September 24, 2014 , ,

IN THE OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY
AND THE NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL

In re:
Request for Information on the
Strategy for American Innovation
79 Fed. Reg. 44064

COMMENTS OF PUBLIC KNOWLEDGE

Charles Duan
Sherwin Siy
Public Knowledge
1818 N Street NW, Suite 410
Washington, DC 20036

September 23, 2014

Public Knowledge respectfully submits the following comments in response to the Notice of Request for Information on the Strategy for American Innovation dated July 29, 2014. These comments specifically respond to the Intellectual Property/Antitrust issue number 21, which relates to “new challenges and opportunities for intellectual property and competition policy are posed by the increasing diversity of models of innovation.”

Public Knowledge is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the openness of the Internet and the public’s access to knowledge. As part of that mission, Public Knowledge often looks closely at the precise question posed by the Request for Information, namely how the “increasing diversity of models of innovation” can pose “new challenges and opportunities for intellectual property.”

As discussed in detail in the comments below, Public Knowledge believes that a careful rebalancing of intellectual property rights, particularly with respect to copyright and patent law, is warranted and necessitated by the rapid development of new technologies and their attendant business and innovation models. Incumbent rightsholders have historically sought to enlarge the scope of their intellectual property rights in order to monopolize their entrenched business models, to the detriment of new technological development. Thus, we urge the Office of Science and Technology Policy and National Economic Council to strongly support innovative growth over monopolistic power, and call for balanced intellectual property policy as a major part of the strategy for American innovation.