Biotechs, Apple have different patent needs

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As the court battle continues over whether Samsung copied patented technologies in Apple’s iPhone, calls for reform of the US intellectual property system keep getting louder. To critics, the thousands of arcane patents that cover an iPhone, and that form the basis of the lawsuit between the two technology behemoths, show that too many patents are being issued for obvious or minor improvements.

Yet even if weaker patent terms and other changes make sense in the realm of consumer technology, today’s strong patent protections are crucial to the biotechnology industry, which forms a key part of the Massachusetts economy.

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