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Why Rush Patent Reform?

Circuit Judge Paul R. Michel (Ret.)

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The United States has the best patent system in the world. Others refer to it as the gold standard. It is widely imitated around the globe. It was the primary driver of our technological progress and world leadership for over 200 years. In the twentieth century, of the 100 most important inventions in the world, nearly every important new invention was made here. And on it goes today.

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