July 24, 2018 Invalidated: The Shredding of the U.S. Patent System
~ Special Reception and Screening ~
Tuesday, July 24, 2018
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The Heritage Foundation
The Honorable Thomas Massie (R-KY), United States Representative
The Honorable Kenneth Blackwell, former Secretary of State of Ohio
Adam Mossof, Intellectual Property expert
Gene Dolgoff, Inventor
Tom Pierson, Inventor
Luke Livingston, Director
Jo Anne Livingston, Producer
Dr. Matthew Spalding, Associate Vice President and Dean of Educational Programs for the Allan P. Kirby Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship
Jenny Beth Martin, Honorary Chairman, Tea Party Patriots Action
When father of eight, Josh Malone, invents a genius way to fill 100 water balloons in 60 seconds, his invention "Bunch O Balloons" becomes an overnight success on Kickstarter and an international viral hit. Scrambling to get his idea to market and bring financial security to his family, Josh applies for a U.S. Patent. Suddenly, his plans of success are blindsided when his genius idea is stolen by a big company before he can make his first dime.
Thrust into a battle to save his invention he uncovers the shocking truth that our patent system is weakening, property rights are at risk and American Innovation is dying. With theft of U.S. intellectual property by China topping $600 billion per year, other countries are profiting off the ideas and labor of American inventors. Big tech companies are finding it easier and cheaper to infringe on patents rather than pay the patent owners. With an administrative tribunal pulling patents back from inventors, there is no safe place to bring an invention to the marketplace in America and our innovation is going overseas.
The United States once led the world in new medications, new technology, and new ideas. American inventors and their inventions touched the lives of people in every country, of every race and every language. But our weakening Patent system is invalidating their property rights – and with it, their incentive to create. Building something and owning it is the American Dream, but without a strong patent system, the American Dream will be invalidated!
5:00 p.m. Reception | 6:00 p.m. Movie Screening | 7:00 p.m. Panel