Maryville Daily Times: Alexander: Patent reform will create private-sector jobs

Posted on March 11, 2011

WASHINGTON

— U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., voted Tuesday in favor of the America Invents Act, the first major overhaul of U.S. patent laws in almost 60 years, which Alexander said “will allow inventors to get their products to market faster, so they can get a quicker start on their businesses and create more private-sector jobs.”

The legislation, which the Senate passed by a vote of 95-5, would improve the patent system to protect innovation and make it fairer and easier for inventors to file patents, according to supporters.

“Intellectual property—the right to own your inventions and writings—is such an important, fundamental driver of innovation, economic growth and private-sector jobs that the founders of this nation saw fit to include it in our Constitution,” Alexander said.