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Feb. 11, 2020

House Judiciary IP Subcommittee Chairman Hank Johnson’s Remarks at the 2020 Inventing America Conference

As Chairman of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual property and the Internet, Congressman Johnson delivered the following speech at the at Inventing America Conference in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 11, 2020.

Good morning.  Thank you for the kind introduction, Holly, and thank you to Inventing America for inviting me to speak here today.

As Chairman of the House of Representatives Subcommittee that has jurisdiction over the patent system, I think that the title of today’s program has it exactly right when it links the patent system to promoting job creation, competitiveness, and national security.  The details of how the patent system is best optimized to achieve these goals can get highly technical and nuanced but the reason we have to engage in these debates and discussions is simple—innovation is the key to the future, and patents are a bedrock mechanism of how we incentivize innovation in this country.