Patent News

Nov. 9, 2014

The Wall Street Journal Letter: Patents Are Essential for Innovation, by Brian Pomper

This letter originally appeared in The Wall Street Journal on November 10, 2014.

I read with dismay L. Gordon Crovitz’s “Even Silicon Valley Tilts Republican” (Information Age, Nov. 3) which is off-base in the claim that “the trolls prevailed” because Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid blocked a patent bill that had overwhelming tech support on behalf of trial lawyers.

As the executive director of the Innovation Alliance, which counts among its members tech companies that have invented and produced technologies now in every cellphone on Earth, I want to underscore the need to keep our patent system strong and not allow Washington to weaken it. We simply would not be the competitive world economic engine we are today without strong patents protecting inventors and their ideas.

Innovation Alliance invites Mr. Crovitz to speak with more of the independent inventors, entrepreneurs, biotech companies, pharmaceutical companies, universities, medical-device companies, and tech companies that hold patents and can speak to their importance in driving innovation and job creation, and that oppose ongoing efforts to weaken the patent system.

Brian Pomper


Read the original letter post by the Wall Street Journal here.