What’s going on with the patent system? You may have heard terms like “patent trolls” and “patent reform” in the news, because fixing the patent system has become a major topic for lawmakers today.

Patents are based on a simple concept of encouraging inventions. But around this simple concept, a complicated system of laws has grown. This book will guide you through the fast-changing world of patent law and policy, identifying some of the most pressing problems with the system and suggesting ways to fix them.

A Five Part Plan for Patent Reform is part of a white paper series by Public Knowledge, a nonprofit technology policy organization based in Washington, DC. Public Knowledge focuses on promoting the consumer and public interests at the intersection of technology and law.

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