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The Biggest Threat to American Innovation Isn’t China, It’s American Companies

The ITC is currently reviewing two cases involving two of Americas largest corporations in Apple and Comcast.

By NTK Staff | 10.31.2018 @3:15pm
The Biggest Threat to American Innovation Isn’t China, It’s American Companies

American companies have been saying for years now that the biggest culprit of intellectualy property theft are the Chinese, but that’s not entirely true. The biggest culprits of intellectual property theft are actually American corporations.

The International Trade Commission (ITC) is currently reviewing two cases involving two of America’s largest corporations in Apple and Comcast, who have a seemingly endless amount of cash and are refusing to pay for the patented technology they use that is produced by other companies.

The ITC is currently reviewing claims that Comcast has infringed on the TiVo’s patented intellectual property, which allows TV viewers to set their DVR to record any show from anywhere in the world, the TV search guide, and voice recordings.

These features are no longer available to Comcast’s X1 subscribers because the ITC ruled in TiVo’s favor, but that hasn’t stopped Comcast’s continued infringement.

“This is a case where a corporate behemoth with endless cash reserves refuses to pay to use the patented technology of others and instead files an unprecedented number of challenges, appeals, and counterclaims,” a TiVo executive wrote in a recent op-ed about their ongoing litigation with Comcast.

At the same time, ITC is also reviewing claims that Apple has infringed on Qualcomm’s patents regarding its chip processor “in various jurisdictions around the world.”

On Monday, the judge who is in charge of the Qualcomm’s case against Apple advised “the ITC that Apple had, in his opinion, infringed on one of Qualcomm’s patents,” according to Futurum.

Despite this, the judge recommended no partial ban on Apple products.

As Futurum notes, the judge’s recommendation is totally contradictory:

“This is why a case like this is so important: If the ITC rules Apple guilty of patent infringement but does not ultimately hold Apple accountable, then what recourse do patent holders have against bad actors? How will US companies protect their intellectual property from theft? Perhaps more importantly, why would investors risk continuing to fund innovation and tech companies if tech companies can no longer guarantee that they can protect and monetize their own IP? This case isn’t just about Qualcomm and Apple. It is about the future of innovation itself.”

While both Qualcomm and TiVo have been affected financially by the infringement on their intellectual property by Apple and Comcast, the real victims are the Americans who invent the next great product.

As TiVo CEO Raghu Rau put it in his recent op-ed, what’s really at stake here “is the ability of inventors to protect their innovations from unauthorized use.”

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