Changes to the U.S. patent system over the past several years are hurting the medical device industry.
For generations here in the United States, patents have been the engine of innovation. Whether it’s individual inventors, companies, or researchers at universities, the protections provided by patents for those attempting to make the world a better place have driven improvements that have bolstered our economy, addressed medical crises, and improved our lives. Over the course of time, patents have evolved in parallel with technological advancements from manufactured products to software technology.
We have seen a seismic shift in patent development, too, as a greater proportion of patents are focused on software in the 21st...