From the Alliance


Jun. 28, 2016

Innovation Alliance Statement on Clinton Campaign’s Technology & Innovation Agenda

Innovation Alliance Executive Director Brian Pomper today released the following statement in response to presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s announced Technology & Innovation policy agenda:

“The Innovation Alliance commends Secretary Clinton for her newly-released technology and innovation policy agenda, which recognizes the vital importance of patents to promoting U.S. innovation and economic growth, and creating high-skilled jobs.  The agenda emphasizes the need to ‘effectively protect intellectual property’ and notes that, ‘since our country’s Founding, the United States patent system has been an envy of the world.’

“Notably, Secretary Clinton supports ‘targeted’ reforms to the patent system, instead of sweeping changes that would weaken patent rights for all American inventors. The agenda leaves out many of the harmful provisions that were proposed in the overly-broad H.R. 9, the Innovation Act, and S. 1137, the PATENT Act and helpfully endorses a permanent end to USPTO fee diversion, a much needed change that the Innovation Alliance and numerous others have long endorsed.

“The Innovation Alliance remains concerned that the USPTO’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) is an unduly hostile venue for patent holders and is too easily gamed by those looking to profit by betting against innovations.”

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ABOUT THE INNOVATION ALLIANCE
The Innovation Alliance represents innovators, patent owners and stakeholders from a diverse range of industries that believe in the critical importance of maintaining a strong patent system that supports innovative enterprises of all sizes. Innovation Alliance members can be found in large and small communities across the country, helping to fuel the innovation pipeline and drive the 21st century economy. Learn more at www.innovationalliance.net.

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