When House Republicans restarted their campaign earlier this year to reform U.S. patent laws, they found the same bipartisan backing from heavyweights such as Google and Facebook but an increased opposition from some conservatives.
How the Innovation Act crushes American inventors
How the Innovation Act crushes American inventors: Why big business wants to silence the small inventor is a special report prepared by The Washington Times Advocacy Department.
With the best intentions, and naively going along with the corporate world's hugely financed publicity machine, Congress is about to stomp on America's most creative citizens, its inventors.
Some of the voices expressing concern about the Innovation Act have suggested the proposed law would weaken U.S. patent protections, putting them more on par with countries like China.
The U.S. patent system is the envy of the world. It has nurtured small inventors and innovative small businesses in this country for centuries.
Among the powerful voices in Washington to weigh in against the proposed Innovation Act in recent months is the Federal Circuit Bar Association, the umbrella group for lawyers who practice law in federal courts.
In the next month, the House Judiciary Committee is poised to pass an intellectual property bill that will slow U.S. innovation to a crawl.
Individual inventors are asking Congress to defeat H.R. 9 the Innovation Act. Yet, the House Judiciary Committee appears determined to put an end to the American inventor while refusing to hear from the very inventors that are impacted by its legislation.
'We are fixing problems that don't exist. We are boiling the ocean.'
In a divisively partisan Washington, politicians and pundits lament the lack of bipartisanship, compromise and a willingness to put aside partisan and ideological interests in the name of the common good.
Conservatives and many academics are stepping up their opposition to a Republican-backed patent-reform bill in Congress.
Through it all, America's Constitution and laws have provided risk-takers, visionaries, and other men and women with valuable ideas a fundamental protection for their work: the patent.
At the Northern Kentucky Regional First Lego League Robotics tournament in December, I marveled at the imagination and creativity displayed by so many young people.
Some of the nation's powerful venture capitalists are also some of the biggest opponents of the proposed Innovation Act, seeing a real threat to a free market economy in the changes envisioned by the law.