Feb. 8, 2016

U.S. Senators Ayotte and Coons to Receive “Champion of the Inventor” Awards from Innovation Alliance

WHAT: U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Chris Coons (D-DE) will receive “Champion of the Inventor” awards from the Innovation Alliance, in recognition of their support for American inventors and a strong U.S. patent system. The awards will be presented at a reception in the U.S. Capitol celebrating National Inventors’ Day. Former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and representatives of the inventor community will make brief remarks.

WHO:  U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH)
U.S. Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE)
Former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
Bill Merritt, President and CEO, InterDigital
Brian Toohey, Executive Vice President, DEKA Research & Development

WHEN: Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. ET



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

Contact: Kat Maramba, (202) 740-3069,