Erik Iverson: Biden administration patent policy would hurt Wisconsin tech sector

Clean energy took a huge step forward at the end of 2022 when scientists crashed together hydrogen isotopes to achieve fusion ignition for the first time. The old joke that fusion will always be 50 years away no longer applies. The world could have cheap, clean, limitless power in our lifetimes.

Realta Fusion right here in Madison is one of the companies advancing this revolutionary technology. Realta was spun out of research in the UW-Madison Physics Department, and my organization, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, is proud to be an early investor.

Unfortunately, a policy change proposed by the Biden administration threatens to derail not only Realta but any company developing innovative technologies based on patented university research.

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