Opinions and Editorials

May. 1, 2020

Fox Business: Coronavirus Proves We Need To Protect America’s Inventors More Than Ever by Arvin Patel

It’s never been more important for Americans to stay connected, informed, and entertained. It’s easy to feel isolated in these times of stay-at-home orders and social distancing as we try to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Fortunately, as more and more people are watching movies and doing their work from home, America’s networks have been able to support the unprecedented increase in users and meet their demand for entertainment. But, if American businesses are going to continue keeping us informed, connected, and entertained during these challenging times and beyond, we need to start better protecting our intellectual property (IP).

In April, formal stay-at-home measures were issued across 41 states and the District of Columbia. That means at least 311 million people across the country were asked to not go to work, school, or even leave the house unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Naturally, people have been binging TV shows, movies and putting more thought into those business ideas that they never had time for. This is the type of behavior – mostly the business aspect, although binging is never a bad thing either – that we need to encourage.

Mark Cuban, one of America’s top entrepreneurs and investors, recently tweeted, “When we look back in five years, we are going to realize that there were 10 to 20 amazing companies that were started that changed the world and led us to a brighter future.  Ask yourself: ‘Why Not Me’ or ‘Why Not Us’.  Now is your time. The world is waiting.”

Hopefully, he’s right, but we need to recognize that it’s not enough to just encourage America’s inventors – it’s equally important that we protect them too.