The following is excerpted from an article by Michael M. Rosen appearing in the September 12, 2011 issue of The American (The Journal of the American Enterprise Institute):
On September 8, Congress at long last passed the “America Invents Act,” the first overhaul of our patent system in decades. Yet not everyone has cheered the new law, or how it came about.
The U.S. patent regime has always been a careful balancing act between encouraging innovation, enforcing the rights of inventors, and ensuring the public interest. Yet in two recent reports—one on National Public Radio’s “This American Life” and one in the New York Times—critics have argued that that equipoise is in grave danger.
Yet, like all complex issues presented by the mass media—even (especially?) by outlets as sophisticated as NPR and the Times—the ins and outs and what-have-yous of our patent system are far more nuanced, and the players far more difficult to cabin into bad guy and good guy roles, than NPR’s Ira Glass and company would have you believe.
Read here the analysis by Mr. Rosen of these two reports.