Congressman Leonard Lance

Representing the 7th District of New Jersey

Lance Holds Roundtable with New Jersey Business Leaders

Apr 26, 2017
Press Release
Seventh District Lawmaker Looking to Improve Protections for Intellectual Property

WASHINGTON, D.C. --- Congressman Leonard Lance (NJ-07) today participated in a roundtable discussion with over a dozen New Jersey business leaders and members of the United States Chamber of Commerce to discuss the work being done in Congress to help promote growth in the economy.  

The meeting was part of an ongoing effort by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to bring members of Congress together with business leaders to discuss how to best protect U.S. intellectual property (IP) rights. According to the Department of Commerce, IP supports more than 45 million jobs across 81 industries nationwide, accounting for  almost one-third of the jobs in the U.S.

“Strong intellectual property protections lead to innovative new discoveries that fuel economic growth,” said Lance.  “In New Jersey alone IP supports 1.5 million jobs and IP workers earn almost 28 percent more than their colleagues.  Congress should be taking every measure possible to promote patents, trademarks and copyrights in order to encourage development across a variety of industries as we move forward in the 21st century.  Today’s discussion was incredibly productive and I welcome the opportunity to continue to work with members of the New Jersey business community on IP related issues.”

Lance has a history of working on legislation to promote IP.  As the Republican chairman of the Rare Disease Caucus Lance has championed the MODDERN Act, a bipartisan bill intended to encourage new innovative treatments for a variety of diseases and ailments that do not have currently have cures.  The bill was a topic of discussion at today’s forum.

Health care reform, tax reform and the budget were also among the issues discussed by the group.