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Dec. 24, 2014

Ft. Worth Star-Telegram Letter to the Editor: Protect the Inventor, by Candy Robinson

This letter originally appeared in the Star-Telegram on December 24, 2014.

In early December, I had the opportunity to host the opening night Dallas screening of a new documentary titled Inventing to Nowhere. This film examines the significance of the American patent system and the challenges currently facing our nation’s inventors.

As an active member in the Fort Worth section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), I see firsthand the challenges our members face when it comes to protecting their intellectual property.

Although we’re fortunate to live in a country with a strong patent system that has been in place for more than 200 years, the debate in recent years has shifted to altering our strong patent system. If changes are made, it would create even more difficulty for inventors to protect their intellectual property, as well as slow economic growth and job creation, ultimately stifling innovation.