The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship held a meeting titled “An Examination of Changes to the U.S. Patent System and Impacts on America’s Small Businesses” on February 25, 2016. The archived webcast of the hearing can be viewed here.

On Thursday, February 25th the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) issued the following statement regarding the hearing:

“MDMA thanks Chairman Vitter and the committee Members for examining the unintended consequences that some proposed changes to the patent system would have on small businesses. MDMA continues to support balanced efforts to curb abusive patent practices, but not in a manner that would be overly broad and would harm medical technology innovation and stifle the development of cures for patients who need them the most.

“MDMA remains committed to working with Congress on targeted efforts to improve the patent system, but we must not do so at the expense of innovators and inventors who are revolutionizing patient care and saving lives.”