Innovation is far more than invention; it is the creation, implementation, and marketing of new processes, products, and services. Innovation contributes to productivity, economic growth, social benefits, and capacity for future innovation and growth. A wide range of policies are needed to support innovation, since successful innovation depends on people, investment, infrastructure, markets, and freedom to create and act. These many factors and lag times means that innovation policy must take a long-term perspective.

CCIA’s View:

Encouraging innovation should be a paramount policy goal in all policy domains, not just those that are traditionally linked to it, such as the funding of basic research, patents, and technology transfer. Policies should take a long-term view attuned to future innovators, rather than rewarding past innovators. The former are likely to be underrepresented, while the latter have usually reaped the benefits of innovation and are able to make their needs heard. Policies should recognize that innovation practices and patterns vary widely – especially across different industries – and that digital technology is playing a major role in enabling new forms of innovation.

 

Most Recent Statements & Filings:

  • News & EventsCCIA Praises Chopra Appointment As Chief Technology Officer The following statement is in response to President Obama’s announcement today that he is naming Aneesh Chopra to the post of Chief Technology Officer. It can be attributed to Ed Black, the President and CEO of the Computer & Communications Industry Association: “At a time when innovation can be key to boosting the economy, this…
  • News & EventsCCIA Calls for Innovation, Reform With PTO Appointees The Computer & Communications Industry Association is calling on the Obama Administration to appoint people to the Commerce Department and Patent and Trademark Office to who can bring reform and encourage innovation. CCIA said this is an area where change is needed and we must break the tie between bureaucracy and the special interests, which…
  • News & EventsCCIA’s NIST and PTO Recommendations CCIA released more detailed separate recommendations for the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. In both reports CCIA points out that the America COMPETES Act remain unfunded and the trade association asks for funding for those measures. NIST and USPTO are the two agencies most responsible for operationalizing…