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Policy Priorities

The need for innovation, especially in light of today’s global economic challenges, has never been greater. HP believes that the global economic policy framework should be examined and assessed through an innovation prism, and has been at the forefront of efforts to encourage the adoption of innovation-friendly policies in key global markets. Below are general overviews of HP and key issues facing the United States.

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Patent Reform
  • Intellectual property is a critical source of U.S. economic growth. Ensuring patents are protected is essential to spurring the innovation that has guided the nation.
  • Innovators who spend years and capital developing new products and concepts depend on the protections provided by patents.
  • Patent reform allows companies to dedicate more resources to research and development, spurring innovation, competition, job growth and global competitiveness.

Cyber Security
  • Because 80 percent of the nation's cyber assets are not government owned, HP believes private investment will bring the most long-lasting, substantive material improvements in cyber security.
  • Regarding cyber security within the public sector, any public policy must improve the state of federal information systems and provide consistency in the way they are secured, managed and governed.
  • As a complex, global issue, cyber security will require generations of investment and dedication. Policies supporting investment in basic science and technology education as well as university and international partnerships will promote a lasting impact to help secure the nation's information grids.

Health Care Reform
  • Health IT can reduce the cost of health care while improving the quality of service.
  • HP believes the next frontier of effective, efficient health care will come from availability, accessibility, privacy and security of health care information — and efficient administration of health care operations.
  • HP believes it can help address many problems in the public sector, including improving healthcare delivery through the company's digital/electronic medical record solutions.
  • The emerging "perfect storm" of the aging population, pervasiveness of technology/internet, advancements in biosciences, cost burden to individuals and businesses, and increased regulatory environment will fuel an increase in technology adoption in this sector.

Environmental Sustainability
  • For decades HP has been a leader in environmental responsibility and has adopted practices in product development, operations and supply chain that help to reduce its environmental impact.
  • HP will continue its efforts to develop new products and programs around the globe that help conserve energy, reduce materials use and reduce waste through responsible recycling.
  • HP is working toward the dematerialization of IT, which reduces both the CO2 emissions resulting from IT (2 percent of global CO2 emissions), and CO2 emissions across other parts of the economy (98 percent). This involves transforming physical processes into digital ones and finding different materials – in many cases fewer materials – with which to manufacture things.
  • HP is looking into using energy in a smarter manner: IT can be used to embed energy intelligence in almost every existing process, from manufacturing to logistics and supply chains, buildings and electricity grids, thus minimizing the amount of energy involved in these processes.

Cloud Computing
  • HP believes the cloud will be the means through which a growing number of services will be delivered – including computing power, business processes and personal interactions – and is committed to shaping and advancing cloud technologies.
  • By fundamentally changing the way people connect with each other and with information, the impact of the cloud will be broad, opening up new markets, transforming traditional industries and redefining how technology is used in business.
  • Cloud Computing services will have a positive impact on the world’s biggest challenges: Globalization, information explosion, environmental sustainability.
  • From the infrastructure that supports the cloud, to the services that reside there, to the software and always-connected devices that deliver it – HP is a leader in every aspect.

  • HP believes it takes more than technology to overcome 21st-century education challenges and empower students globally. It requires collaboration between technologists, policy makers and educators to ensure that students’ and teachers’ needs are met.
  • HP’s unparalleled research and development program helps the company predict what emerging technologies best advance teaching and learning. From helping to create e-schools in developing countries to collaborating with renowned engineers at leading universities, HP has helped future-proof education programs worldwide.
  • During the past 20 years, HP has contributed more than $1 billion in cash and equipment to schools, universities, community organizations and other nonprofits around the world.
  • HP supports improving math and science teaching, K-12, particularly the content knowledge of teachers already in the classroom.
  • Reforming immigration policies to enable the United States to attract and retain the best and brightest science, math and engineering students from around the world to study and work in the United States.
  • Boosting and sustaining funding for basic research, especially in the physical sciences, mathematics and engineering.

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