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Congressman Trent Franks

Representing the 8th District of Arizona

Franks Votes Against Changing American Patent System

June 24, 2011
Press Release

June 24, 2011- After voting against H.R. 1249, a bill that would make sweeping changes to the American patent system, Congressman Trent Franks (AZ-02) released the following statement:

"Since the founding of our nation, our patent system has been an indispensible tool in making America the most successful, most productive and most innovative nation in the world. Because great Americans like George Washington Carver, Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell, and countless others could rightfully take credit for their work, they revolutionized their respective fields and, in turn, transformed the world with their ingenuity.

"Some have suggested that America should change our system to reflect the rest of the world's, but the proposed 'first-to-file' system is unjust -- awarding patents not to the first person to invent an idea, but to the first person who manages to race to the patent office and work through the red tape -- and it flies in the face of the intended constitutional role of government in protecting inventors.

"Without question, our patent system needs to be streamlined. But any changes should be made with the goal of simply making our current system more efficient, as opposed to locking out the upstart inventors whose new ideas are often at the core of America's greatest innovations and attending transformational gifts to humanity."

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