Patents Shrugged: A Frightening Future Looms

Law360, New York (October 30, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Fifty years ago, novelist and philosopher Ayn Rand wrote of a society that hindered innovation and stifled the creative spirit. Atlas Shrugged told of a society where individual effort went unrewarded, where technological advancement was thwarted by short-term greed, and where the governments failed to serve the greater public good. Although fiction, some of these societal concerns are mirrored in various proposed changes to the patent laws today being considered.

At this moment, there are bills before Congress and new administrative rules at the United States...
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