WORKING TO PROMOTE AMERICAN INNOVATION

The Coalition for 21st Century Patent Reform ("21C") was created in 2005 to support Congress in its effort to improve the United States patent system. 21C believes that the most effective way to strengthen our economy and create new jobs is to continue America's leadership in invention and innovation. Our patent system promotes the development of new technologies that spur growth and create jobs across the country.

Creating and maintaining an efficient and effective patent system is essential to summon the creative genius of independent inventors, start-ups, universities and corporations to invent, develop, and commercialize new products that benefit society. Working closely with Congress, 21C was instrumental in achieving the passage of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act in 2011.

Significant new challenges have arisen and numerous efforts are underway in the Congress, the Executive Branch and state legislatures to address the issues confronting both the innovation community and the business community that utilizes new technology. Continued vigilance is essential to guard against proposals that, however well intentioned, could have unintended consequences that would undermine the progress and improvements that have been achieved.

Now, more than ever, it is essential to address the challenges that have arisen in a balanced fashion that protects both the interests of the creators of new technological innovations and the users of these innovations. Learn more about the America Invents Act's promise and importance to American innovation and jobs, and the challenges that lie ahead.