Opinions and Editorials

Sep. 22, 2023

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Congress must fix U.S. patent system by Doug Collins

America’s high-tech industries grew up hand in hand with a robust system of intellectual property rights. Without strong patent protections to encourage inventors, we would never have become a global leader in software, biotechnology, or artificial intelligence.

Unfortunately, starting 11 years ago, the Supreme Court handed down a series of decisions that have seriously weakened IP rights, and we’re seeing the results. Investors are shying away from high-tech industries, and the public is losing out on much-needed medical technology. This is putting us at a competitive disadvantage with rivals like China, which is rapidly becoming the global innovation leader in specialties like blockchain, machine learning, and nano-materials.

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