Forty years ago, nearly no one cared about patents or patent law. Now, almost everyone does. The reason for the revisionism: the evolution of the economy. Splicing DNA became possible in the late 1970s. It started to become profitable in the Reagan-era 1980s. Personal computers were nearly unheard of when Ronald Reagan was elected President. […]
David Applegate is an intellectual property (IP) lawyer in Chicago, a legal policy advisor to the Heartland Institute, a columnist for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.