Keeping the Wheels Turning on Patent Reform

PhRMA Staff   |     February 8, 2011   |   SHARE THIS

On Monday, Senator Leahy highlighted President Obama's Chamber of Commerce remarks in which he called for a need to reform our patent system. We're quick to recognize that patents - along with other forms of intellectual property - are a crucial incentive to innovate; in other words, they facilitate the work required to turn an idea into a usable product.

Senator Leahy's statement also reminded us of something that we often take for granted, however: the importance of policies that spur new ideas. Innovation is cyclical. Biopharmaceutical research companies don't rest on their laurels when a new medicine gains FDA approval and reaches the market. They dig in their heels and get to work, whether it's developing a product no one has ever dreamt of before or turning an existing technology into something much better than previously thought.

Just as we celebrate today's medical breakthroughs, we need a reliable patent system that helps to stimulate tomorrow's big ideas.

Topics: Research and Development, FDA, Patents, Intellectual Property

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