Last month, members of Congress from across the political spectrum found common ground on a piece of legislation to ensure that our patent system benefits true innovators rather than those who abuse it.
Just a year after it first convened in April of 1790, the United States Congress passed legislation to promote the progress of science and the useful arts, giving American inventors the rights to the products they created. The bill would be the first of many to help foster an environment that both encouraged and protected our young nation’s innovators.
Unfortunately, 225 years later, the patent landscape for today’s tinkerers, small retailers, and tech innovators alike is a hostile one. For years, abusive actors have been taking advantage of a system meant to drive innovation, and have instead stifled job creation and threatened businesses around the country.
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