New Op-Ed from former VT Gov. Howard Dean: Supreme Court has weakened U.S. patents, cue Congress

Over the weekend, former DNC Chair and Vermont Gov. Howard Dean published an opinion piece in the Boston Herald encouraging Congress to pass the Patent Eligibility Restoration Act. The legislation, introduced by Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Thom Tillis (R-NC), aims to eliminate uncertainty caused by Supreme Court rulings around what types of inventions are patent-eligible.

Dean asserts that by clarifying the products and processes eligible for patents, the bill would give investors greater confidence in supporting American research and innovation. He argues that this would help small businesses compete with larger corporations and allow American inventors to compete fairly against foreign rivals.

“Americans’ health, economic prosperity, and even national security depend on regaining an edge over rival nations in critical fields. Supreme Court rulings have derailed our technological leadership. Senators Coons’ and Tillis’ legislation will help put us back on track.”

Read the full op-ed here:

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