Patent legislation that passed the House will inhibit innovation
By Eunie Smith
Patent legislation pending in the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee can hit close to home. I am aware of a father with young children who is under treatment for a very rare form of cancer. He is on a drug that retards growth of his tumors. It was only FDA approved two years ago. Once that drug’s effectiveness stops, what is next? Where is the cure? Cancer research must continue unabated. Legislation that harms the ability of companies to profit from their products inhibits their ability to invest in further research that can lead to more successful treatment. In this and countless cases, the issue is saved lives!
If Congress weakens Constitutionally-based patent protections, then harm will come not just to research and development in the health care industry but also in manufacturing and technology industries which are prominent in Alabama. Small businesses, the engine of Alabama’s economy, will no longer have protections that enable their very existence. …
Following is a link to a video from www.savetheinventor.com on what this proposed legislation will mean for Alabama jobs: