On World Intellectual Property Day, SIIA Highlights Economic Importance of IP Protection

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On World Intellectual Property Day, SIIA Highlights Economic Importance of IP Protection

Washington D.C. (April 26, 2016) – The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal association representing the software and digital content industries, today commented on the importance of World Intellectual Property Day and IP protection.  At the behest of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), World IP Day takes place every year on April 26.

SIIA’s Senior Vice President for Public Policy, Mark MacCarthy, issued the following statement:

“Effective intellectual property protection for software and digital content companies is essential for maintaining America’s economic leadership.  Many of our country’s most innovative businesses depend on patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets to develop products and services sold around the world.  Policymakers can help protect U.S. jobs and foster growth by being vigilant to the IP protection needs of today’s fast-paced businesses.

“In fact, one important way that policymakers can support the IP needs of U.S. businesses is through the Defense Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), which is scheduled for a vote tomorrow by the House of Representatives. Quick passage of the bill would be in keeping with the spirit of World IP Day and we encourage the House to move it to the President’s desk.” 


About SIIA:  SIIA is an umbrella association representing 800+ technology, data and media companies globally. Industry leaders work through SIIA’s divisions to address issues and challenges that impact their industry segments with the goal of driving innovation and growth for the industry and each member company.  This is accomplished through in-person and online business development opportunities, peer networking, corporate education, intellectual property protection and government relations. For more information, visit siia.net.