Opinions and Editorials

Oct. 1, 2019

Conservatives for Property Rights: First Steps Toward STRONGER Patent Rights by Jim Edwards

Congress is faintly showing signs of coming to the side of U.S. inventors. It’s about time. For three decades, Congress has helped to gut the world’s gold-standard patent system.

This awakening to the damage Congress, courts and administrative bodies have inflicted on America’s property rights-based patent system is overdue and timely. The Trump administration is battling China’s systematic, aggressive schemes to steal or expropriate American innovators’ patents, trade secrets, copyrights and other intellectual property in its war for industrial and economic dominance. But America can’t win that war without restoration of our patent system and its private property rights foundation.

The STRONGER Patents Act has now been reintroduced, and it’s been heard in committee. S. 2082 is sponsored by Senate IP Subcommittee Ranking Member Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.). H.R. 3666 is led by Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) and Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.). Each bill has garnered nearly partisan-balanced cosponsors.