Too many patents and too little information about them makes it hard for the system to weed out patents that unfairly block inventors.
The story of invention in America typically features larger-than-life caricatures of white men like Thomas Edison while largely ignoring the contributions of women and people of color.
The high court struck down a ban on trademarking ‘immoral’ or ‘scandalous’ words and symbols. A trademark scholar explains why that’s a good thing.
Founded in 1790, the Patent Office aimed to put innovation and entrepreneurship within reach of every citizen. Now, 10 million patents later, critics say an out-of-touch system is doing the opposite.