Speaker Boehner: Latest House-Passed Jobs Bill Modernizes America’s Patent System

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) issued the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1249, the America Invents Act, a jobs bill that makes much-needed reforms to our patent system:

“The fact that it takes, on average, three years for Washington to approve a patent helps explain why our economy is still struggling to create jobs.  This legislation modernizes our patent system to help create private sector jobs and keep America on the leading edge of innovation.  The America Invents Act also cuts down on frivolous lawsuits that make it harder for businesses to hire and expand.  I appreciate the efforts of Chairman Smith and all our members in helping to pass this jobs bill.  This is the second jobs bill the House has passed this week, and our committees are hard at work on additional measures that would remove government barriers to private-sector job growth.  I hope President Obama and Democratic leaders in the Senate will work with us to enact these common-sense proposals.”

NOTE: Modernizing our patent system to protect our nation’s innovators, discourage frivolous lawsuits, and expedite patent reviews is a key part of the Republican Plan for America’s Job Creators.  Yesterday, the House passed American Energy Initiative legislation that streamlines the permit process and expands American energy production to help lower prices and create tens of thousands of new jobs.  Learn more at Jobs.GOP.Gov.