Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 14:57

Patents matter. But it’s not just the small-time inventor in the garage that feels the benefit of patent and IP ownership. Startups, small business, American workers, and the overall U.S. economy all benefit from a strong patent system. Here are 7 facts showing the power of patents and intellectual property:

  1. Patents Increase Startups’ Employment Growth

Approval of a startup’s first patent increases its employment growth by 36% on average over five years.1 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - 13:12

As mentioned in our last blog post, four pro-patent bills have been introduced recently in Congress to address the weakened state of our nation’s patent system. Below are several steps you can take to encourage Congress to take action on this critical issue and to support efforts to strengthen patent protections for American inventors. 
Send Your Representatives an e-Letter

Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 19:34

The United States has lost its reputation as the global gold standard for IP and patent protection. In 2018, the U.S. fell to 12th place in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s international ranking of patent system strength, falling behind countries such as South Korea and Spain. The U.S.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018 - 06:33

For more than 230 years, American inventors have relied on the United States patent system to protect their intellectual property. That promise of protection has been an incentive and driving force behind the innovations that have made the U.S. the global economic powerhouse it is today.

Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 07:07
  1. Patents and VC funds are moving overseas

Did you know that patents often play an integral role in securing venture capital funding? In fact, a startup that holds a patent significantly increases its probability of securing VC funding1.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 14:06

There’s a lot happening in the world of patents and intellectual property in the United States right now. Most recently, the House version of the STRONGER Patents Act was introduced, with a broad coalition of organizations voicing their support (read about that here); the USPTO inducted a new director, Andrei Iancu; a distinguished panel of IP experts discussed the current state and future of innovation in the U.S.

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 18:36

If you’ve been following patent and IP news recently, you may have heard that Representatives Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced the STRONGER PATENTS Act in the House of Representatives last month. This is the House version of the bill that Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) introduced in the Senate in 2017.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 - 16:15
IP is an Important Economic Driver for the U.S. Economy

Did you know that every two jobs in intellectual property-intensive industries support one other job elsewhere in the economy1? Plus, IP-intensive industries account for $6.6 trillion of the U.S. GDP1. Strong patent protections will help ensure that the American inventor continues to drive job creation and economic growth going forward.