Score One for the Supremes

The U.S. patent system is seriously broken. The U.S. Supreme Court took a step Monday toward making it more sensible. The change affects all of us.

While the decision was based on a case involving adjustable gas pedals, the real effects are far reaching, especially pharmaceutical companies. New patents have been sought and issued for old drugs with a new shape and color of the pill. The decision Monday will take a while to filter down to us common people, but should eventually mean generic and cheaper drugs make it to the market sooner.

Technology firms such as computers and electronics were in favor of the decision. Not that we suffer from a shortage of gadgets, but improved gadgets just got cheaper for all of us as well.

The decision is just a small step in the right direction, but a needed and welcome step.