Legislation has been reintroduced that would weaken patents and therefore make it more difficult for universities to turn research discoveries into the next greatest innovations that improve our nation’s economy, health, and quality of life. H.R. 9, the Innovation Act, would significantly increase risk to universities in engaging in the technology transfer process, which has been critical to our nation’s global competitiveness in science and technology. APLU and other higher education associations released a statemen
t and 145 universities joined in a letter
expressing concern with the legislation while supporting narrowly tailored efforts to address bad actors in the patent system.