Patent Reform by American Innovators

American Innovators for Patent Reform (AIPR) is a coalition of inventors, patent owners, researchers, engineers, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, patent agents and patent attorneys, technology transfer and licensing executives, and others involved in creating or protecting innovation and advocating for stronger patent protection.

Latest Patent Legislation

The U.S. Patent system is under attack from “patent reformers” who really want to dismantle and weaken the U.S. patent system. There are five proposed patent bills currently before Congress, and four of them will seriously weaken the U.S. patent system, stifle American innovation, and weaken job growth. For information on these bills, please visit our Patent Legislation page.

America Invents Act

The concept of patents and copyrights was established by the Founding Fathers when they adopted the original U.S. Constitution in 1787. From that constitutional mandate, the Patent Office was established, and it later became the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Protecting the intellectual property of inventors and writers is critical to creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and capitalism.

Unfortunately, in September 2011, a bill was signed into law that will seriously weaken the U.S. patent system. That bill was the America Invents Act.

Not only does the America Invents Act weaken the value of patents, but it also:

  • makes it harder for individual inventors and small businesses to receive patents for their inventions
  • makes it more expensive and time-consuming to defend a patent
  • makes it more expensive to enforce a patent, and
  • reduces awards for patent infringement

All of this will stifle creativity, reduce innovation, diminish entrepreneurship, and decrease the incentives for investment in new technologies and new businesses based on new technologies. Many intellectual property experts agree that the changes wrought by the America Invents Act were not the kind of patent reform that the U.S. patent system needed.

Download “What Innovators Need to Know – and Need to Do – under the America Invents Act,” a white paper developed by AIPR and sponsored by General Patent Corporation.

To learn what you can do to promote REAL patent reform, contact our Executive Director, Alec Schibanoff.

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