ACU Applauds Introduction of STRONGER Patents Act

Legislation Will Protect Innovators, Inventors, and Constitutional Patent System

July 10, 2019

ALEXANDRIA, VA — Today, the American Conservative Union (ACU) announced its support for the STRONGER Patents Act of 2019. The measure, introduced today by Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), protects American innovators, creators, and inventors by strengthening our constitutionally-protected patent system. The STRONGER Patents Act would implement commonsense modernization measures that allow our patent system to keep up with rapidly changing technologies that impact the lives of all Americans.

The bill includes a wide range of reforms that will strengthen intellectual property rights:

  • Eliminates repetitive proceedings
  • Restores the foundation of patents as property rights
  • Provides for expedited processes for patent owners seeking amendments to claims
  • Places priority of patent validity with the courts if legal proceedings have already begun
  • Minimizes abuse of post-grant proceedings by strengthening qualifiers for legal standing

Congress remains paramount in ensuring that intellectual property rights are strengthened and preserved so that IP continues to be a critical cornerstone of a strong economy. The STRONGER Patents Act will ensure that the nation’s sustained economic growth will be even stronger going forward.

“Intellectual property is the bedrock of American freedom and the engine of our nation’s prosperity. It is the source of creativity, innovation, and ingenuity which has made America the envy of the free world,” said ACU Executive Director Dan Schneider. “The STRONGER Patents Act strengthens our patent system and weeds out the bad actors who have tried to defraud both patent holders and legitimate patent users of valuable inventions.”

ACU urges all members of the House and Senate to vote YES on the STRONGER Patents Act.