SOURCE: Center for Patent Policy

April 17, 2007 07:00 ET

Think Tank Founded by Inventors Will Examine Patent Policy

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 17, 2007 --A new public policy institution in Washington, D.C., called the Center for Patent Policy (, will study the future of patents and patent administration in the U.S.

"The Internet Age has accelerated patent filings and subsequently has created a vibrant set of new issues and policy questions that are being debated about new patents," comments Glen Kotapish, president of the Center for Patent Policy (CPP). Kotapish continues, "Can patents be too broad? What patents related to DNA should people be allowed to own? Are software patents too ambiguous? The mission of CPP is to objectively analyze each of these issues, and make policy recommendations in the best interest of all parties, particularly U.S. economic interests."

Pat Choate, author and CPP Senior Advisory Board member, notes, "The United States patent system provides inventors the strongest protections in the world. It is the heart of U.S. innovation policy. The Center's purpose is to facilitate a dialogue between the public, policy makers, and the innovation community, something that happens too rarely today."

"Patent policy harbors powerful issues for America's future," comments Professor of Law and CPP Senior Advisory Board Member, Irving Kayton. "Invention is the underpinning of 80% of the U.S. economy; globalization has heightened our need to fully understand how changes to the innovation process would impact jobs, opportunity, and economic growth," says Kayton.

CPP plans to announce its first project later in April.

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