Patent News

Dec. 7, 2015

The Hill Opinion: Startups depend on a strong patent system to thrive, by Angela Macfarlane

This post originally appeared in The Hill on December 7, 2015.

The entire innovative process in the U.S. depends on a strong and robust patent system. I have seen this first-hand for over 20 years in my career as a startup entrepreneur in Silicon Valley.

As the CEO of a medical technology company, which is working to improve the lives of millions of Americans living with macular degeneration and other sight threatening diseases, I know that our innovations and those of countless other startups across the country are driven by strong intellectual property protections and the venture capital those protections allow us to raise.