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Patent Standards And Investment In Alternative Energy

Law360 (January 31, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- Patents are, at the slight risk of overstatement, part of the engine that powers our nation’s economic growth.

From the standpoint of technology businesses and their investors, patents are of the utmost importance because they provide the necessary protection for newly developed products or processes.

At times, basic inventions protected by patents have created new industries and given rise to new companies; for example, instant photography invented by Polaroid Corp.

Statistics such as the number of patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)...
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