Why patents matter.

For some time, leaders in our community  have talked about the importance of the number of patents filed in our region/state as an indicator of our future economic health and viability.

Tonight, I was honored to be invited to a “patent party” in the Tremont neighborhood where NEW patent-holder Aaron Lemieux, founder of Tremont Electric, gathered family, friends and colleagues to celebrate the issuing of his first patent for an “electrical energy generator”.

Today, more than ever, this patent matters because it is a sign of the wide and varied innovation in our regional economy bubbling below the surface. While much of this activity is hard to measure, when a patent is issued, it counts.

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