Manufacturing Alliance Statement on Patent Legislation

By Gene Quinn
March 3, 2009

PRESS RELEASE:

Washington, D.C, March 3 – The Manufacturing Alliance on Patent Policy (MAPP) released the following statement regarding introduction of legislation to modify the U.S. patent system.

Chief among our concerns is the language that reduces penalties on those who take the intellectual property of others. While we appreciate the sponsors’ willingness to hear our concerns, the legislation as introduced includes language from last Congress that would seriously undermine our patent protections.

We share the desire to improve the patent system. We are concerned that reducing penalties for patent infringement would jeopardize manufacturing jobs and R&D investment without strengthening patent protection. A recent economic analysis showed that aspects of this legislation would put as many as 298,000 manufacturing jobs at risk and reduce R&D investment by up to $66 billion. This would be the wrong direction at a time when the American economy is struggling severely.

The manufacturing sector is one of the most creative in the American economy. Every year, we invest billions of dollars in research and development, followed by billions more to manufacture our innovations. We rely on the U.S. patent system to protect our investments, and those protections provide an incentive for us to continue manufacturing in the United States.

We believe substantial improvements to the patent system are possible, and we look forward to working with the Congress to make those improvements in ways that benefit all sectors of the American economy.

About MAPP

MAPP participants employ more than 260,000 U.S. workers in a diverse range of industries including chemicals, transportation, agriculture, food, electronics, aerospace, medical devices and building construction. In January 2009, MAPP released the first-ever economic analysis of how certain patent law proposals could impact employment and R&D investment. Please visit www.mfgpatentpolicy.org for additional information.

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Gene Quinn

Gene Quinn is a Patent Attorney and Editor and President & CEO ofIPWatchdog, Inc.. Gene founded IPWatchdog.com in 1999. Gene is also a principal lecturer in the PLI Patent Bar Review Course and Of Counsel to the law firm of Berenato & White, LLC. Gene’s specialty is in the area of strategic patent consulting, patent application drafting and patent prosecution. He consults with attorneys facing peculiar procedural issues at the Patent Office, advises investors and executives on patent law changes and pending litigation matters, and works with start-up businesses throughout the United States and around the world, primarily dealing with software and computer related innovations. is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire, is a Registered Patent Attorney and is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. CLICK HERE to send Gene a message.

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