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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

AND THE

NATIONAL INFORMATION

INFRASTRUCTURE

THE REPORT OF THE WORKING GROUP ON

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

BRUCE A. LEHMAN
Assistant Secretary of Commerce and
Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks

CHAIR

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2979
· U551

Single copies of this Report may be obtained, free of charge,
1995 by sending a written request to:

"Intellectual Property and the NII"
clo Terri A. Southwick, Attorney-Advisor
Office of Legislative and International Affairs
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Box 4

Washington, D.C. 20231
Copies will also be available from the IITF Bulletin Board.
The Bulletin Board can be accessed through the Internet by
pointing the Gopher Client to iitf.doc.gov or by telnet to
iitf.doc.gov (log in as gopher). The Bulletin Board is also
accessible at 202-501-1920 using a personal computer and a
modem.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

United States. Information Infrastructure Task Force. Working Group
on Intellectual Property Rights.

Intellectual Property and the National Information
Infrastructure: The Report of the Working Group on Intellectual

Property Rights / Bruce A. Lehman, Chair.
1. Intellectual property -- United States. 2. Copyright -- United
States. 3. Information superhighway -- United States. 4. Information
technology -- United States. I. Lehman, Bruce A. II. Title.
KF2979.U55 1995
346.7304'8--dc20
[347.30648]

ISBN 0-9648716-0-1

INTRODUCTION

In February 1993, President Clinton formed the Information Infrastructure Task Force (IITF) to articulate and implement the Administration's vision for the National Information Infrastructure (NII). The IITF is chaired by Secretary of Commerce Ronald H. Brown and consists of high-level representatives of the Federal agencies that play a role in advancing the development and application of information technologies. Guided by the principles for government action described in NII Agenda for Action and GII Agenda for Cooperation, the participating agencies are working with the private sector, public interest groups, Congress, and State and local governments to develop comprehensive telecommunications and information policies and programs that will promote the development of the NII and best meet the country's needs.

To drive these efforts, the IITF is organized into three committees: the Telecommunications Policy Committee, which formulates Administration positions on relevant telecommunications issues; the Committee on Applications and Technology, which coordinates Administration efforts to develop, demonstrate and promote applications of information technologies in key areas; and the Information Policy Committee, which addresses critical information policy issues that must be dealt with if the NII is to be fully deployed and utilized. In addition, the IITF established a Security Issues Forum to assess the security needs and concerns of users, service providers, information providers, State and local governments and others. Finally, the U.S. Advisory Council the National Information

on

1

Information Infrastructure Task Force, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, National Information Infrastructure: Agenda for Action (Sept. 1993).

2

Information Infrastructure Task Force, Global Information Infrastructure: Agenda for Cooperation (Feb. 1995).

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