Patent thickets are multiple, deliberate filings for the same product. In their January 25, 2023 opinion piece in The Hill, “Patent Reform and Lower Drug Prices Should be Bipartisan Priorities,” Tahir Amin and Priti Krishtel press for updates that foster, rather than deter competition in the drug patent process. This mixed media collage is from a sketch series on how thickets start in nature and in the United States Patent and Trademarks Office (USPTO). The overuse of thickets is one of the practices needing attention.
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