Entries with tag consumer surveys.

Survey: Businesses Claim Intellectual Property “Not Important”

A comprehensive study by the National Science Foundation and US Census Bureau finds 90 percent of businesses deem intellectual property as “not important.” The resulting report has been both lauded and criticized. Some have said it shows the importance of IP -- patents, copyrights, and trademarks – to US business, while those critical of the study say it is “so broad as to be meaningless. Indeed, according to the report, the number one IP-intensive industry by employment in the United States was… grocery stores,” noted  Gabriel J. Michael, a doctoral candidate in political science at The George Washington University, who dissected the report. “Furthermore, although supporters of stricter IP regulation and enforcement continue to rely on the report to justify policies relating to copyrights and patents, the vast majority of the report’s purported economic benefits were attributed to trademarks.” This comes as patent reform, including an end to frivolous patent litigation, is being pushed in the US. (SlashDot)(The Hill)(Business Research and Development and Innovation Survey 2008-2010)(To Promote the Progress)

Survey: 15 Percent of US Adults Say Internet is Irrelevant, Difficult to Use

A newly released survey of US adults finds that 15 percent of adults still don’t use the Internet because it's not relevant to them or else it’s too difficult to use. The percentage of adults remaining offline because it is too difficult to use is now greater than in previous surveys, noted the findings of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. The study found that of adults who don’t use the Internet, 34 percent said it wasn’t relevant to them, defined as they are either not interested, don't want to use it, or have no need for it. An additional 32 percent said it was too difficult or frustrating to go online. The remainder of adults polled cited barriers including the expense of the computer or Internet access or a physical lack of availability. Among the concerns they expressed was fear of spam, spyware, and hackers. Princeton Survey Research Associates International conducted the telephone survey of 2,252 adults for Pew in English and Spanish between 17 April and 19 May 2013. (PC World)(Pew Internet & American Life Project)

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