Education Reporter
NUMBER 140 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS SEPTEMBER 1997
 
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Rohrabacher Warns Students
About Patent Giveaway

WASHINGTON, DC -- Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (CA) addressed Eagle Forums Fourth Annual Leadership Summit about the current patent legislation. He explained that this issue affects the very core of what America stands for. At least 9 out of 10 of the greatest inventions in the world were invented in America, and its not because the air is different here. It is because our Constitution guarantees rights to creative geniuses. Our Founding Fathers had a strong belief that inventions open the doors to opportunity and wealth. This is why our standard of living is so much higher than other countries, and why our parents can have dreams for us that would be unthinkable in other countries.

Rep. Rohrabacher explained that former Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown made an agreement with athe Japanese Ambassador to "harmonize" our patent laws with Japans. Patent Commissioner Bruce Lehman, is pushing for the United States to "harmonize" with the Japanese system by publishing the details of inventions before a patent is granted.

Rep. Rohrabacher said that America should not have to lower our standards to harmonize with other countries. As Americans, we should be very careful of global organizations made up of bureaucracies that we never voted for. The Congressman warned sudents that the farther away the decision-making gets, the less say you have in the process. He urged students to be involved in the process of self-government

-- by Megan Owens