STRONGER Patents Act would restore America as best place to protect intellectual property

March 20, 2018, Fairfax, Va.—Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning today issued the following statement praising introduction of the STRONGER Patents Act by Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) and Bill Foster (D-Ill.):

“The protection of intellectual property has been central to America’s success as an economic and innovation leader in the world.  Our founders understood the importance of intellectual property and enshrined it in our Constitution.  Unfortunately changes in recent years have weakened those protections and the U.S. has begun to lose its place as the innovation capital of the world.  The STRONGER Patents Act introduced today by Reps. Stivers and Foster — along with the Senate version introduced by Sens. Coons and Cotton — begins to lay out the framework to restore America as the best place in the world to protect intellectual property.

“Through changes, such as reforming the Patent Trial and Appeal Board process, which is stacked against patent owners, and ending the diversion of patent fees, this bill will boost U.S. competitiveness and strengthen property rights protections for innovators. These reforms are long overdue and deserve the support of those who want to advance economic growth and prosperity.”

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