Inventors still feel squeezed, despite patent reforms

Russell Hill, head of the Institute for Marine and Environmental Technology, says U.S. patent law favors inventors backed by major corporations and universities. (Courtesy Russell Hill) Russell Hill, head of the Institute for Marine and Environmental Technology, says U.S. patent law favors inventors backed by major corporations and universities. (Courtesy Russell Hill)


Inventors still feel squeezed by cost as patent reform takes effect

At work, Columbia University professor Chloë Bulinski can turn to a team of specialists to help her navigate the time-consuming and expensive process of patenting her inventions.But at home, she's on her own.Bulinski, who holds a patent for a method of cell differentiation, learned how hard getting a patent could be several years ago when she tried to help her then-11-year-old daughter file for one.As major patent reform takes effect this month, inventors like Bulinski say that the system remains …

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