Opinions and Editorials

Feb. 8, 2022

RealClearPolicy: How America is Failing its Innovators by Robert Stien

Sonos is a clear American success story. It has grown into a multi-billion-dollar audio business, with a well-recognized brand, and products loved by millions of consumers.

In the process it has done what so many U.S. businesses have done before it; developed market-leading technology and protected its technology with a strong portfolio of intellectual property. And yet, despite all of that, it’s still not enough.

That’s because over the last fifteen-plus years, intellectual property rights have been eroded in the U.S., allowing Big Tech companies to ride roughshod over U.S. government granted patents and drag innovators into long and costly litigation. It’s a dynamic that poses a serious threat to the innovation lifecycle.