Robert Atkinson

As founder and president of ITIF, recognized as the world’s top think tank for science and technology policy, Rob Atkinson leads a prolific team of policy analysts that is successfully shaping the debate and setting the agenda on a host of critical issues at the intersection of technological innovation and public policy.  During the Obama administration he served as co-chair of the White House U.S. China Innovation Experts Group, and is the author of numerous books, including Big is Beautiful: Debunking the Mythology of Small Business (MIT Press, 2018).

The Use of March-In Rights Could Undermine Innovation and National Security

By Hideki Tomoshige and Sujai Shivakumar By accelerating new products to market, the nation’s innovation system—a network of interconnected activities across university researchers, small and large businesses, and venture capital and other financial organizations, among other actors—enhances economic growth, competitiveness, and national security. Securing the future of this innovation system
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Intellectual Property Rights in the U.S.-China Innovation Competition

By Chris Borges The United States is engaged in a competition for technology and innovation leadership with China, with both nations making significant investments in their domestic innovation systems while seeking to undermine the other’s innovation system. The United States, for instance, has implemented export controls and investment restrictions to slow China’s
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Informing the Innovation Policy Debate: Key Concepts in Copyright Laws for Generative AI

By Julia Yoon and Chris Borges Since OpenAI released ChatGPT to the public in November 2022, the use of and investment in generative artificial intelligence (AI) has exploded. Companies have released dozens of new models that can create text, images, sound, and even video, while investments in generative AI quintupled from
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