From the Alliance

May. 21, 2015

Joint Statement from AAU, AAMC, APLU, AUTM, COGR, IA, MDMA, NVCA, and USIJ on Delay of House Judiciary Committee Markup of H.R. 9

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Association of American Universities (AAU), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities (APLU), the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), the Council on Government Relations (COGR), the Innovation Alliance (IA), the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA), the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), and the Alliance of U.S. Startups and Inventors for Jobs (USIJ) released the following joint statement on the delay in the expected House Judiciary Committee markup of H.R. 9:

“As representatives of a broad coalition of universities, inventors, manufacturing technology and life science companies, venture capitalists and startup communities, we welcome the House Judiciary Committee’s decision to delay the markup of H.R. 9, the ‘Innovation Act.’ The patent system has proven itself to be an essential engine for innovation and economic growth throughout U.S. history. It is critical that Congress take the time to get it right before making further comprehensive changes to that system. Any new patent legislation should address abusive patent litigation without risking harm to the value and enforceability of legitimate patents. It is clear that H.R. 9 needs substantial work to prevent it from substantially damaging the innovation ecosystem.” 


Association of American Universities
The Association of American Universities (AAU) is an association of 60 U.S. and two Canadian public and private research universities. It focuses on issues such as funding for research, research policy issues, and graduate and undergraduate education. AAU member universities are on the leading edge of innovation, scholarship, and solutions that contribute to the nation’s economy, security, and wellbeing. AAU’s 60 U.S. universities award nearly one-half of all U.S. doctoral degrees and 55 percent of those in STEM fields.

Association of American Medical Colleges
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is a not-for-profit association representing all 141 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems; and 90 academic and scientific societies.

Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities
APLU is a research, policy, and advocacy organization dedicated to strengthening and advancing the work of public universities in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With a membership of 238 public research universities, land-grant institutions, state university systems, and affiliated organizations, APLU’s agenda is built on the three pillars of increasing degree completion and academic success, advancing scientific research, and expanding engagement.

Association of University Technology Managers
The Association of University Technology Managers is a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing research to life by supporting and enhancing the global academic technology transfer profession through education, professional development, partnering and advocacy. AUTM’s more than 3,200 members represent managers of intellectual property from more than 300 universities, research institutions and teaching hospitals around the world as well as numerous businesses and government organizations.

Council on Governmental Relations
The Council on Governmental Relations is an association of research universities located in the District of Columbia. Since its inception in 1948, COGR has been continuously involved in the development of all major financial and administrative aspects of federally-funded research. Today, COGR’s primary function is to provide advice and information to its membership and to make certain that federal agencies understand academic operations and the impact of proposed regulations on colleges and universities. COGR helps to develop policies and practices that fairly reflect the mutual interests and separate obligations of federal agencies and universities in research and graduate education.

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.

Medical Device Manufacturers Association
The Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) is a national trade association based in Washington, DC providing educational and advocacy assistance to innovative and entrepreneurial medical technology companies. Since 1992, MDMA has been the voice for smaller companies, playing a proactive role in helping to shape policies that impact the medical device innovator. MDMA’s mission is to promote public health and improve patient care through the advocacy of innovative, research-driven medical device technology.

National Venture Capital Association
Venture capitalists are committed to funding America’s most innovative entrepreneurs, working closely with them to transform breakthrough ideas into emerging growth companies that drive U.S. job creation and economic growth. As the voice of the U.S. venture capital community, the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) empowers its members and the entrepreneurs they fund by advocating for policies that encourage innovation and reward long-term investment. As the venture community’s preeminent trade association, NVCA serves as the definitive resource for venture capital data and unites its nearly 400 members through a full range of professional services.

Alliance of U.S. Startups and Inventors for Jobs
The Alliance of U.S. Startups and Inventors for Jobs (USIJ) is a group of nearly 50 Silicon Valley-based inventive startups, inventors, investors and entrepreneurs. Collectively, we have launched dozens of companies in areas ranging from biotechnology to medical devices and wireless technology. We invent real things and create real companies. We also rely on the strength of the U.S. patent system to create these companies, breakthroughs and jobs.

Association of American Universities (AAU): Barry Toiv, 202-408-7500,
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC): Stephen Heinig, 202-828-0488,
Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities (APLU): Jeff Lieberson, 202-478-6073,
Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM): Paul Stark, 847-559-0846,
Council on Governmental Relations (COGR): Robert Hardy, 202-289-6655,
Innovation Alliance (IA): Kat Maramba, 202-412-9144,
Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA): Brendan Benner, 202-354-7172,
National Venture Capital Association (NVCA): Ben Veghte, 202-864-5923,
Alliance of U.S. Startups and Inventors for Jobs (USIJ): Chris Israel, 202-327-8100,