Fineman was asked, "If you were president-elect Barack Obama, what would you do for US innovation?"
If I were Barack Obama, I would focus on three priorities related to intellectual property and innovation. First, I would make sure the USPTO receives increased funding in order to continue to attract and retain highly qualified examiners, to modernize and streamline the USPTOs operations and to build and further develop information sharing initiatives, such as the Patent Prosecution Highway. Second, I would consider patent law reform, including harmonization efforts, but with an awareness of the importance of the role of independent inventors and small companies to technological progress and innovation. Third, I would work on finding creative ways to use intellectual property laws to stimulate and encourage development of innovations and inventions in the areas of alternative energy, resource renewal and environmental preservation," said Fineman.