Happy 168th Birthday Thomas Edison – Why we should protect our patent system
On this day, Feb. 11, 2015, as we celebrate Thomas Edison’s 168th birthday, we should also celebrate U.S inventors whose creations have made us the most technologically advanced nation and economy in the world. In 1983, President Ronald Reagan designated Feb. 11 as National Inventors’ Day to honor the impact inventors have had on our nation, including Thomas Edison who accumulated 2,332 patents worldwide for his inventions.
Today, as we celebrate invention and innovation, we are also filled with concern for America’s patent system. Congress is currently debating a bill, the Innovation Act by Representative Goodlatte, that will rewrite patent litigation laws. The Innovation Act, as presented, will undermine an inventor’s ability to license and enforce their patents.
Innovation, creativity and hard work form the backbone of The United States, and few people exemplify these traits as strongly as inventors. And inventors depend on a strong patent system to ensure their ideas and innovations are protected.
We urge Congress to take a measured approach to any patent legislation that encourages creativity and innovation.
To read San Diego’s Innovation Ecosystem Representative’s statement on the Innovation Act, click here.
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