Patent Reform


Innovation by small inventors is a key component of the economy. Taking one’s idea and building it into a successful business is fundametal to the integrity of the American dream. Today, the ability of American inventors to protect their intellectual property from theft by larger corporations or foreign entities is consistently under threat. Each Congress we see new attacks on small inventors and patent holders in the form of legislation to harmonize our laws with the much weaker protections of other nations.

In the 114th Congress (2015-2016), I'm leading the fight against H.R. 9, the misnamed Innovation Act. This bill uses so-called “patent trolls” as the villain in a story to attack anyone who doesn't use their patent the way large multinational corporations wish them to. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) already combats scam artists who assert false patent claims or send demand letters in bad faith. The Innovation Act reduces the value of patents, makes it harder to secure financing to bring new inventions to market, and undermines intellectual property protection. Large, well-funded multinational corporations want this legislation to help them infringe on the patents of shallower pocketed organizations.

I have been fighting this fight for more than 20 years. We stopped the Innovation Act in 2015 with your help, and the help of our universities and small inventors who have been labeled "patent trolls." Because we know the opponents of liberty will attack inventors again, I will continue to stand vigiliant against the encroachment on the intellectual property rights of American small businesses and inventors.



More on Patent Reform

Jun 9, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher on Tuesday took to the House of Representatives floor to urge his colleagues to defeat HR-9, a bill purporting to reform patent litigation but which the California Republican believes will stifle American innovation and drastically harm small inventors.

The measure is scheduled for a “mark-up” Thursday in the Judiciary Committee and is expected to move quickly to the full body for a vote despite recent negative publicity from those who would be most affected and bipartisan legislators.

May 1, 2014 Embeddable Video
Apr 23, 2014 Blog

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Unbeknownst to most Americans, over the past quarter-century a stealth, but also brazen, campaign has been staged to weaken constitutional protections of their fundamental right to invent and enjoy the fruits of their applied imagination. The insidious effort is being conducted in the deceptive name of "patent reform."

Dec 3, 2013 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-CA, Monday called on members of Congress to postpone action on a “patent reform” bill passed by the Judiciary Committee just before Thanksgiving and now swiftly making its way to a full House vote.

“It seems that we have to pass this bill to find out what’s in it,” said the congressman, vice chairman of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee.

Nov 15, 2013 Press Release

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has declared his vigorous opposition to efforts being proposed in the House Judiciary Committee that would disadvantage America’s small inventors. “In and of itself,” the congressman said Thursday in a speech before the House of Representatives, “this legislation is too broad, its implications too unclear, and its effects unknowable.”