Patent Reform (adopted 2007)
We urge Congress to enact patent reform legislation to 1) improve enforcement, and 2) enhance quality.
RESTORE BALANCE AND FAIRNESS IN ENFORCEMENT
Congress should focus on four key areas where changes are needed to improve enforcement:
patent quality promotes confidence in the patent system, fosters
competition and spurs innovation. A questionable patent causes
competitors to forego research and development, fearful of the risks
that may be involved.
Congress should focus on four key areas that will promote the issuance of higher quality patents:
Copyright Protection in the Digital World (adopted in 2003)
Council opposes legislation that would create a safe harbor from
liability for copyright holders that use technological self-help
measures, including denial of services attacks, to interdict
unauthorized copies of their material exchanged on peer-to-peer
measures would likely disable general-purpose peer-to-peer networks,
preventing or severely hindering legitimate uses of them, and would
almost certainly impede the service of innocent users unknowingly
sharing communication networks and infrastructure.
holders should be encouraged to target those liable for copyright
infringement by using the procedures and remedies created by the Digital
Millennium Copyright Act. The Council supports the ongoing discussions
among content providers, technology companies, and network providers
regarding development of voluntary Digital Rights Management (DRM)
standards, to produce consensus regarding implementation of DRM
technologies designed to protect unauthorized access to content.