By now you know that a strong patent system helps protect American inventors by ensuring that their intellectual property is not easily stolen or knocked off by foreign competitors. However, what you may not know is that the implications of protecting patents goes beyond the livelihood of the inventor; it affects the U.S. economy on a broad scale. Millions of Americans depend on organizations in IP-intensive industries to provide them with jobs. These are the jobs that fuel America’s economic engine and help our nation to build, grow, and prosper. Bad patent legislation doesn’t just negatively affect American inventors; it weakens America as a whole.