Leahy: Spurring Innovation Requires A Modernized Patent System

WASHINGTON (Monday, Feb. 7, 2011) – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) Monday released the following comments after President Obama’s remarks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

“Innovation drives the nation’s economy, and that entrepreneurial spirit can only be protected by a patent system that promotes invention and spurs new ideas.  As the President said today, ‘we’re reforming our patent system so innovations can move more quickly to market.’  This administration is committed to reinvigorating the economy, and investing in the ‘next generation of big ideas.’ A modernized patent system – one that puts American entrepreneurs on the same playing field as those throughout the world – is a key to that success.  This is an idea that stretches across the political spectrum.  That is why the Patent Reform Act of 2011 received unanimous support from the Senate Judiciary Committee, and why it has been a top priority.  The Senate should consider this job-creating legislation without delay.”

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