“We are focused on delivering reliable and predictable IP rights,” Director Iancu told Inventor Club Presidents meeting at the USPTO.
Earlier today Andrei Iancu (left), Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), made an unannounced stop by a gathering of Inventor Club Presidents meeting at the USPTO. The Conference, sponsored by Inventors Groups of America (IGA) and the United Inventors Association (UIA), has been a long time effort by leaders of the national Inventor community to bring leaders from local and regional Inventor Groups together from all over America.
“We are focused on delivering reliable and predictable IP rights,” Director Iancu told the Inventor Group Presidents gathered at the Patent Office as he addressed them to start the day this morning. “I have called for a new dialog in intellectual property. A dialogue focused on the brilliance of the inventors, the excitement of invention and the incredible benefits they bring to our economy… to our history.”
Director Iancu would go on to say:
Successful systems must focus on their goals, aspirations, and achievements. They must focus on the positive. And we must focus on the positive. So, I call on all of you and your members to help us spread the message. The message of your brilliant work and the brilliant work of your fellow inventors. Advocate, teach, inspire. Inspire with your stories and those of you who write publicly, write about these stories. Those of you who don’t, start. Starting your stories. Stay positive about IP and about innovation. Tell people what you do. Tell the next generation.
President Eisenhower said: ‘Love of liberty means the guarding of every resource that makes freedom possible. From the sanctity of our families and the wealth of our soil to the genius of our scientists.’ And I say, scientists and inventors. Keep up the work that you do and keep inspiring the world.
I couldn’t agree more. One of the most frustrating things is not being able to tell inventor stories. Those with the best stories to tell inevitably won’t tell them because their attorney will convince them they need to stay under the radar. That is how the narrative of inventors as patent trolls has grown unchecked and out of control. Inventors have a critically important story to tell, and need to tell their stories.
Following Director Iancu was Commissioner for Patents Drew Hirshfeld (right). During Hirshfeld’s remarks he mentioned the National Academy of Inventors, which recently inducted 155 academic inventors, which brings the total of fellows to 912.
“For these 912 innovators, the have more than 9,400 licensed technologies, they have started nearly 8,900 companies, they have generated over $137 billion in revenue by their innovations,” Hirshfeld said. “And job creation has been estimated to be over 1.3 million jobs. That is from 912 people.”
Hirshfeld explained that he likes to remind himself that job creation and economic activity is what is at stake in everything the USPTO does.
Hirshfeld also gave the audience a glimpse of when we might be able to see the next milestone patent. “Coming sometime this summer, likely sometime in June, will be the issuance of the 10 millionth patent,” said Hirshfeld.
Appearances from top USPTO management was not complete. Later this morning Joe Matal, nominee to be the next Deputy Director of the USPTO, participated in a panel discussion. “The new leadership of the agency really has your back,” said Matal.
It does seem that inventors have new allies and a lot of reason to be optimistic.