Keep Your Calls Coming! Stop the Death to Innovation Bill!

Liberty Alerts, Eagle Forum

While Americans are focused on a possible government shutdown and heated budget standoffs in the states, the U.S. Senate is considering legislation that isn’t getting much attention, but is even more important because it threatens to destroy one of the greatest aspects of American exceptionalism – innovation.

Did you know that Americans are responsible for roughly 90% of new inventions?

While overregulation and taxation harm America’s ability to compete with other countries to attract and keep businesses that create jobs, our greatest stock in trade is the American spirit that fosters innovation, and the world’s strongest patent system to protect inventors’ rights.

As Phyllis declared in a recent New York Times article, “This bill would be death to innovation in America,” and we must stop it from passing!

S. 23, the so-called “Patent Reform Act of 2011” will destroy our patent system by setting up a system that disadvantages small inventors in favor of large corporations, makes it easier to infringe patents, easier to challenge patent rights in administrative proceedings and in the courts, and makes it more expensive for inventors to defend their patents.

All this is being done in an effort to “harmonize” with the rest of the world.  Why on earth would we want to harmonize with countries that don’t protect intellectual property rights?  Other countries should be harmonizing with us to improve their systems.

Killing innovation in America would not only kill jobs and economic growth, it would cut off the world’s largest supply of new ideas and inventions.  Where would we be without American inventions from light bulbs to dialysis machines? Innovation vastly improves, and can even save our lives. We must fight to protect it!

That’s why Eagle Forum and a long list of conservative leaders and organizations, including former Attorney General Edwin Meese, sent this letter to every Senator and Member of Congress urging them to oppose any so-called reform that would kill innovation.

The Senate has been considering this bill throughout the week, and are likely to vote on final passage on Tuesday.

We need you to call your Senators Monday and Tuesday to tell them we need to protect innovation, not litigation.  Urge them to vote NO on S. 23, the Patent Reform Bill of 2011.

Capital Switchboard 202-224-3121

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