Reforms of the U.S. patent system have made it too easy to obtain and defend patents and more costly to challenge patent decisions, thereby limiting the competition of ideas, discouraging innovation, and ultimately reducing U.S. competitiveness, argues a new Council Special Report.
This report states that the ultimate effect of this R & D globalization on the U.S. economy and U.S. industry remains uncertain. But extrapolating from three important trends in the international economy--namely the rise of newly industrializing economies; the restructuring of the American system of innovation; and the globalization of sales and production--it seems likely that knowledge-intensive activities, from basic research to technology-based production, are not permanently anchored in American soil.
OECD countries agreed to provide "an open and transparent environment for international investment and to encourage the positive contribution multinational enterprises can make to economic and social progress." The declaration was established in 1976 and was reviewed in 2011.
Speaker: Ellen Kullman Speaker: Robert Wolf Speaker: Jeffrey Zients
President Obama formed the Jobs Council in order to bring together a group of Americans representing diverse perspectives for the purpose of bolstering the economy by fostering job creation, innovation, growth, and competitiveness. This discussion is an opportunity to bring new voices to the table to participate and inform the Council's work and recommendations.
Please join Acting Secretary Blank for a discussion about supporting the future of U.S. competitiveness and job growth through efforts to increase business investments—from both domestic and foreign companies—and policies to continue leadership in manufacturing.
Speaker: James C. Greenwood Speaker: Robert Langer Presider: Josh Wolfe
Please join James C. Greenwood and Robert Langer for a discussion of recent advances in the biotechnology industry, areas of potential growth and application, and their significance for U.S. competitiveness.
Speaker: Spencer Abraham Speaker: Lee H. Hamilton Presider: Doris M. Meissner
Former Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-IN) and Former Senator Spencer Abraham (R-MI) co-chaired a year-long task force aimed at tackling the nation's bedeviling immigration challenges. The result is a report with sweeping recommendations for overhaul of our immigration policy that would increase employment-based immigration opportunities; combat illegal immigration through new responsibilities for employers and a new, secure Social Security card; and create a Standing Commission on Labor Markets and Immigration Admissions that would make regular recommendations to the President and Congress for adjusting immigration levels. Come as we discuss these recommendations and how the Council might build on them as the Congress again debates the immigration challenge.
For more information about the Task Force please visit: http://www.migrationpolicy.org/ITFIAF/
The Independent Task Force Immigration and America’s Future: A New Chapter, was convened by the Migration Policy Institute in partnership with The Division of United States Studies, The Mexico Institute of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Manhattan Institute.
Recent studies have concluded that the United States continues to fall behind other countries in student achievement, particularly in the areas of math and science.Please join Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to discuss the future of U.S. education policy and its implications for international competitiveness and national security.
Speaker: Michael Barber Speaker: Margaret Spellings Presider: Charles Lane
Please join Michael Barber and Margaret Spellings to discuss the state of elementary and secondary education in the U.S., focusing on workforce development and the preparedness of American students in comparison to others around the globe.
On the occasion of CFR's 90th anniversary, we will examine through a series of meetings and other projects how policies at home will directly influence the economic and military strength of the United States and its ability to act in the world.
Learn more about CFR’s mission and its work over the past year in the 2015 Annual Report. The Annual Report spotlights new initiatives, high-profile events, and authoritative scholarship from CFR experts, and includes a message from CFR President Richard N. Haass. Read and download »