Posted by David Jones
Assistant General Counsel, IP Policy, Microsoft

Sept. 16 marks the second anniversary of the America Invents Act (AIA), the first significant modernization of U.S. patent law in a half-century.  

The AIA contained important reforms aimed at improving patent quality and confidence in the patent system and ensuring that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has the tools and resources it needs to fulfill its vital role in spurring American innovation. Microsoft was pleased to support it. 

On this anniversary, it is important to remember why IP protection matters: America’s IP-intensive industries contribute a staggering $5 trillion to the economy and is responsible for more than 40 million American jobs.

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