is a Board Certified Orthopedic Spinal Surgeon who has devoted his life to serving others. Originally from Philadelphia, he worked to put himself through college, and later, through medical school. Disappointed with the low success rates of spinal surgery at that time, he spent decades developing implants, surgical procedures, and instruments to carry out those procedures. He is among the most prolific inventors in the history of medicine, and the sole named inventor of more than 950 patents. He has been inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Inventors. He is the founder and co-chair of the Michelson Medical Research Foundation, the Michelson Found Animals Foundation, the Michelson 20MM Foundation, and the Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property.
Higher education is undergoing a seismic transformation as a result of a once-in-a-century pandemic. Administrators and faculty around the world are quickly overhauling how they provide instruction to students while trying to keep them on the path to graduation. With change in the academic space already underway, now is the time for colleges and universities to reinvent their innovation ecosystems and implement the intellectual property (IP) education methods and policies that students need to thrive in our knowledge economy.
What follows is a letter to Congress from Gary K. Michelson, MD, published here with permission…. First to invent versus first to file is the proverbial tempest in a teacup (smaller than a teapot). All sound and fury signifying nothing. The low cost and ease of filing a provisional patent application (a placeholder for the first to invent) should render any discussion of fairness moot. I believe that first to file is both fair and beneficial to all inventors; and is an important change to correctly position the U.S.P.T.O. as the leader in what will become a worldwide patent system.