Building support for patent reform

The Washington Post makes a good case for patent reform in this editorial:

More than 60 years have passed since a major overhaul of the U.S. patent system has taken place. And it shows.

The U.S. patent system lags woefully. One example: Patents in the United States are given to those "first to invent." This approach is out of step with the rest of the world's "first to file" approach and is highly inefficient. It invites people to come out of the woodwork years after a product has been on the market to claim credit and demand royalties. …

The president made much of "winning the future" in his State of the Union address. A patent system that protects innovators and encourages meaningful breakthroughs would help achieve that goal.

Like AstraZeneca, the editorial supports the Senate patent reform bill, sponsored by Sens. Patrick Leahy, Chris Coons and others (click here to see why we support the Senate bill).

Here is the latest on the debate in the Senate.

– By Tony Jewell