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Presidential Candidates on Patents

Jim Ruttler, Patent Attorney

Posted Monday, November 26, 2007 by Jim Ruttler

Presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Barak Obama have issued statements regarding their views on the U.S. patent system. Romney believes that a strong U.S. patent system is critical for a healthy economy. If elected President, Romney would support abolishment of the new patent office rules that restrict claims and continuation applications; would ensure that the Undersecretary of Commerce and Director of the Patent Office were patent attorneys; and would consider appointing patent attorneys to the U.S. Federal Circuit.

Obama also believes that a strong U.S. patent system is essential for global competitiveness. If elected President, Obama would increase funding for the Patent Office; would open the patent process to peer review; and would provide inexpensive and timely administrative proceedings for reviewing patent validity.

Romney’s Statment
Obama’s Statment

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