Alexander Votes to Streamline Patent Process, “So Inventors Can … Create More Private-Sector Jobs”

Alexander: Intellectual property such a fundamental driver of economic growth, jobs that founders included it in Constitution

Posted on March 7, 2011

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today voted to end debate on S. 23, 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 would improve the patent system to protect innovation and make it fairer and easier for inventors to file patents.

Alexander continued: “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 also voted for an amendment to the bill which expressed the sense of the Senate that Congress should pass, and the states agree to, a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution. That amendment, which was offered by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), was not agreed to, by a vote of 58 to 40, as 60 votes were required for passage.

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