COVID-19 continues to take huge hits on the American economy, and nearly 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits. Manufacturing has been particularly hard hit. A survey conducted at the beginning of the outbreak by the National Association of Manufacturers found that nearly 80 percent of the industry anticipates a financial impact, and more than 50 percent expect a change in operations as a result of the virus. Still manufacturers are working to address a shortage of medical supplies, despite threats of patent trolls and abusive patent litigation. Let’s put it in context.
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