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Intellectual Property

Let's Negotiate an Investment Treaty with China

Daniel Michaeli | Posted 06.08.2011 | Business
Daniel Michaeli

The U.S. and China should work aggressively over the next several weeks to prepare to announce a timeline for negotiations at the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue in Washington next month.

Moses, Media Piracy and the MPAA

Marty Kaplan | Posted 06.03.2011 | Media
Marty Kaplan

Not only is there no evidence that anti-piracy education programs build a stronger "culture of intellectual property." There's also little evidence that enforcement works -- splashy raids haven't reduced piracy.

Chinese Brand Knockoffs: Hooking Women on the Real Thing?

Jonathan Littman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Jonathan Littman

Can counterfeits act like gateway drugs? You buy your first knock-off handbag for $60 and then a year later find yourself driven to drop $2,000 on the real thing?

Google's Android Contains Legal Landmines for Developers and Device Manufacturers

Edward J. Naughton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Edward J. Naughton

I have serious doubts that Google's approach to the Bionic Library in its Android programming works under U.S. copyright law. At a minimum, Google has taken a significant gamble.

Sweeping Changes To Patent Law Could Help Inventors

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — The patent system hasn't changed much since 1952 when Sony was coming out with its first pocket-size transistor radio, and bar code...

Republican Budget Bill Destroys Jobs and Puts Americans at Grave Risk

Rep. John Conyers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. John Conyers

The fight is not over. As this bill, filled with sweeping cuts, goes to the Senate, we will continue to push back the GOP's efforts to hurt the most vulnerable and needy citizens.

"Free Trade": The Capitulation Continues, Middle Class Weeps

Jonathan Tasini | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jonathan Tasini

"Free trade" is right up there on the list of very bad policies -- at least if you believe in a middle class. But the administration is amping up its efforts to get three "free trade" deals through Congress.

Young Inventors Prompt Colleges To Revamp Rules

AP | ALAN SCHER ZAGIER | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Tony Brown didn't set out to overhaul his college's policies on intellectual property. He just wanted an easier way of tracking...

A Perfect Storm: Global Shifts in Venture Capital and Science Funding

Lucy P. Marcus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lucy P. Marcus

Partly a consequence of the global financial crisis, unprecedented change in venture capital and the science sector is on the cards. And it has additional consequences too.

SAP May Have Oracle Even More In High Stakes Copyright Trial

Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

SAP AG must pay Oracle Corp prejudgment interest on a recent $1.3 billion copyright infringement verdict, but not at the formula suggested by Oracle,...

Cyber Monday Crackdown: 82 Sites Shut Down

The Huffington Post | Amy Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

The government shut down 82 websites on Cyber Monday, one of the busiest online shopping days of the year, in a crackdown on counterfeit goods and cop...

Homeland Security Seizing Internet Domains In Piracy Crackdown

New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

In what appears to be the latest phase of a far-reaching federal crackdown on online piracy of music and movies, the Web addresses of a number of site...

Amanda Terkel

DO NOT PASS 'GO': Sharron Angle Gets Cease And Desist Letter From Hasbro | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Toymaker Hasbro has sent Sharron Angle's Senate campaign a cease and desist letter, saying the Nevada Republican never received permissi...

Obama in India

James Love | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
James Love

A number of NGOs working on public health issues are concerned that the President may push India to adopt more strict intellectual property protections on pharmaceutical drugs. They have reasons to be concerned.

Brazil Should Lead on Access to Essential Medicines

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

In the set of developing countries, Brazil is relatively privileged. It can stand up to the U.S. and get away with it. Some poor country in Africa might not be able to do the same -- privilege creates responsibility.

Censored Books | Laura Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Main's book describes a long-standing and rancorous dispute over eminent domain seizures in the town of Freeport, Texas, and her defense is spearheade...

Copyright Infringers Target Wildlife Artists

Daniel Grant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Daniel Grant

Copyright infringement is a growing problem in the fine arts because of both the globalization of manufacturing and ever-more powerful digital technology. But why is wildlife art in particular demand?

Hollywood Strikes Back: Join 100,000 Others in Fight Against Internet Blacklist

David Segal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Segal

Remember that Internet blacklist bill we told you about a few days ago? More than 100,000 people have already signed our petition against it and Hollywood is feeling the heat.

Cashing in on IP

Robert F. Brands | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert F. Brands

Smart organizations are realizing that IP exploitation is an enabler. It empowers companies to transform often idle holdings into a significant source of income generation.

Judge: Movie Studios Can Subpoena Internet Users' Names, Data In File-Sharing Cases

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Friday allowed the holder of a movie copyright to subpoena the names of people accused of illegally downloading ...


Huffington Post | Nathaniel Cahners Hindman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The greatest stockpile of unused, cutting-edge technology in the world is sitting in a warehouse in Northern Virginia gathering dust, author Pat Choat...

The State Department's Jobs Agenda

Robert Hormats | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert Hormats

There is a temptation during periods of high domestic unemployment to turn inward. But that is exactly what we should not do. That would cost us jobs, not increase them. Instead, we must take greater advantage of opportunities to increase our exports.

Redefining Innovation's True Reward: Amassing Intellectual Property and Value Creation

Robert F. Brands | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Robert F. Brands

What is the ultimate goal of process-driven innovation? Open a bottle of Coca-Cola, and read its performance reports to get a true taste of the answer.

A Promotion for Progress: Seeking the Third Way for Copyright

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

A week ago, the damages award heard around the copyright world came with United States District Court Judge Nancy Gertner's decision to slash the dama...

A New Age of Dis-Connectivity in Music

Rick Carnes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Rick Carnes

Back when the big labels were rolling in money they could afford to invest in diversity in their catalogs. Now the business has been reduced to 'crank up the computer and crank out another track' exactly like the last hit.