DuPont Applauds The America Invents Act; Asks How Safe Is Safe?

Oct. 3, 2011
Innovation and sustainable safety top concerns for Delaware-based company.

According to DuPont Chair and CEO Ellen Kullman, the U.S. patent system is a cornerstone to innovation and job creation. Kullman, a member of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness, attended the signing of The America Invents Act (HR 1249) by U.S. President Barack Obama in mid-September.

“The U.S. patent system . . .  is a critical component of American ingenuity and competitiveness," says Kullman. "The America Invents Act brings the U.S. patent system into the 21st century and will help speed and expand the innovation capacity of the American economy, creating new technologies, products and jobs."

Kullman believes the Act will speed R&D investment, new product development and the creation of jobs. "DuPont has worked closely with the Congress and the Administration to improve U.S. patent law. I am proud to be here to witness the signing of the most significant overhaul of U.S. patent law in 60 years.

“Our first U.S. patent was awarded by the United States in 1804 and the certificate was signed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. We have received more than 37,000 patents since," adds Kullman.  "The America Invents Act will help DuPont more quickly convert our almost $2 billion per year investment in research and development into innovations we can bring to market with strong patent protection.”

In other news, DuPont recently hosted a Global Collaboratory on Protection where panelists debated how to adequately protect people and the world in a sustainable way.

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“At DuPont, we recognize that to address global challenges, we must work collaboratively with customers and other partners to deliver scientific innovations including better ways to protect people at work, home and all areas in between,” says DuPont executive vice president Mark P. Vergnano.
For this debate panelists focused on the topic: “Protecting the World: How Safe is Safe?”

“Occupational health and safety is a rising value of working life,” said Kasim Ozer, director general of Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) at the Turkish Ministry of Labor and Social Security. Ozer says it is crucial for his country's employers to be focused on occupational health and safety.

Others who participated in the debate included Seiji Machida, director of Program on Safety and Health at Work and the Environment, the International Labor Organization; Hans-Horst Konkolewsky, secretary general of the International Social Security Association; Andrew Sharman, Environment, Health & Safety director, Owens-Illinois Inc.; Simon Herriott, global managing director, Safety Resources, DuPont Sustainable Solutions.

The event provided an opportunity to discuss the impact of population issues on individuals, communities, businesses and governments all around the world – and more importantly, what they are doing to address them.

In addition to this debate, DuPont sponsors the BBC World News documentary series “Horizons,” a program focused on exploring how businesses around the world work collaboratively to solve pressing challenges. For more information on the series go to