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Clinton pledges to grow the technology sector

Speaking in Denver on Tuesday at a startup incubator called Galvanize, Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton made quite a few proposals concerning intellectual property and called for administrative reform to help bring the U.S. copyright system into the digital age, stated Bloomberg BNA.

The previous Secretary of State detailed her plans in a 14-page tech agenda on technology and development. Her comments also addressed producing jobs in the tech sector, providing STEM education, streamlining the transfer of technology across government and the private sector and improving internet access in rural locations.

The tech industry is one of the nation’s biggest assets, she added.

“Diversifying the tech workforce can generate an additional $500 billion in new value for the technology industry, boosting GDP by up to 1.6 percent,” according to her brief.

Clinton’s remarks received swift approval from a number of tech industry groups, including the Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA), in which Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook are members.

“This is the platform of a candidate who can be trusted to grow the economy,” Ed Black, president of the CCIA, mentioned in a statement.

Clinton continues to ask for opinions on alterations to existing copyright and patent laws for several months. Two bills, one in the Senate and one in the House, are known by many as too far-reaching and would, opponents say, deteriorate patent rights for American creators.

Todd Dickinson, a former director at the Patent and Trademark Office, who is advising the Clinton campaign on IP matters, said her proposals have broad support in Congress, albeit with a range of opponents.

Originally seen on scmagazine.com

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