Fifty Years Of A Changing Landscape For Patents In The United States

By James Sobieraj, President, LES International

Licensing professionals have seen dramatic changes in the United States patent system since the creation of the Licensing Executives Society 50 years ago. The paradox of the U.S. patent system during these five decades is that the only constant has been change. At times, these changes have been welcomed by licensing professionals. At other times, they have caused great consternation. This paper will provide an overview of some of the most significant changes concerning U.S. patents that have impacted licensing professionals since the founding of the Licensing Executives Society.

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