Over the weekend, Karen Kerrigan, president of the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, published an opinion piece in the Duluth News Tribune emphasizing the contributions that small business owners and entrepreneurs make to innovation and promoting the passage of legislation that would empower them.
Kerrigan recounts the inspiring stories of several historical entrepreneurs who patented breakthrough technologies, including Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone and Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs’ GUI for Apple computers. She connects these success stories to the strong patent rights that help inventions blossom into new industries, and explains how similar breakthroughs are harder for small companies to achieve today due to the erosion of patent rights.
Fortunately, Kerrigan argues, passing the Patent Eligibility Restoration Act and PREVAIL Act would help fortify the patent system that underlies America’s innovation ecosystem — and empower small innovators and entrepreneurs to develop “the world’s next big idea.”
“By defending patents, we protect breakthroughs and encourage innovation — and we defend the workshop, garage, and dorm-room innovators who make breakthroughs possible.”