Is the U.S. Patent System Out of Date?


Two hundred years after its birth, the U.S. patent system stands as one of the most durable of federal programs. For most of its years it also has been one of the least controversial. But now there are charges that the Patent and Trademark Office—the Commerce Department agency charged with administering the patent code—is incapable of keeping up with changes brought on by emerging fields of high technology.

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