Owens Supports Patent Reform, Job Creation

Press Release

By:  Bill Owens
Date: June 24, 2011
Location: Washington, DC

Last night, Congressman Bill Owens voted in favor of H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act, as the latest in a series of actions to spur economic development and create jobs. The legislation would help to push through a backlog of more than 700,000 currently pending patent applications, making it easier for American inventors to create products, start a small business, and hire employees.

"The creation of quality jobs for unemployed Americans should remain the top priority of Congress," said Owens. "This encourages American innovation to thrive, and lends to an enhanced exchange of ideas that will lead to more jobs for Upstate New York. The bill also helps to save jobs that have already been created by fostering an environment that is attractive for companies who operate within our borders to continue to do so."

This week, Congressman Owens joined several of his colleagues in a letter of support for H.R. 1249, urging the House to pass the legislation, which can be viewed here. The America Invents Act received bipartisan support and passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly by a vote of 304-117.