BSA & Galexia Global Coud Computing Scorecard (2016) - Galexia Analytics Release

Intellectual Property Rights

As with other highly innovative and fast-evolving products, providers of cloud computing services rely on a combination of patents, copyrights, trade secrets and other forms of intellectual property protection. To encourage investment in cloud research and development, intellectual property laws must provide clear protections and vigorous enforcement of misappropriation and infringement. Online intermediaries should be offered incentives to operate responsibly and should enjoy safe harbor from copyright liability when they do so.

This section examines the intellectual property protections in place in each country, as well as their investigatory and enforcement approaches.

Overall, the Scorecard reveals significant reform in intellectual property laws since the last Scorecard, although gaps and inconsistencies still exist, especially with regard to enforcement.

Australia, Italy and Korea received the highest scores for intellectual property protection due to their robust legislative schemes. Canada updated and improved its intellectual property laws. Significant gaps in the laws of Brazil and Vietnam left these countries with the poorest results.

The following visualisations show the transition and patterns in the overall scores and scoring components for this theme over time (from 2012 to 2016):

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