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How Trademark Law Harms Peoples' Lives and Wealth

Tom Casano | Posted 11.08.2016 | Business
Tom Casano

Trademark, copyright, and patent law are three segments of the same basic concept: protecting businesses from unlawful use of their property. Unfortun...

Rising Prescription Pricing Has Dire Consequences

Lisa Chau | Posted 05.27.2016 | Healthy Living
Lisa Chau

The relentless hyperinflation of drug prices needs to end, but it won't happen without major changes in policy. Some actions or proposals have included (but are definitely not limited to):

Apple Will Not Pay University Of Wisconsin-Madison Triple Charges In Patent Lawsuit

Reuters | Lorenzo Ligato | Posted 10.16.2015 | Technology

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The University of Wisconsin-Madison's patent licensing body will not be able to extract triple damages from Apple as a jury weigh...

No, Airbus, I Don't Want to Be Stacked

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 10.11.2016 | Travel
Magda Abu-Fadil

I don't fancy sitting on top of other passengers in an A380 or larger plane, and worrying about more people breathing the same recycled, often staler, air pumped into the cabin.

What Would a Good Trade Agreement Look Like?

James Love | Posted 06.12.2016 | Politics
James Love

These are just a few random proposals, and there are certainly plenty of others, that would change the purpose and impact of trade agreements. Trade policy is too important to be left to trade negotiators who only think about the corporate agenda.

The Ultimate Guide to Patents: How to Turn Your Ideas to Profitable Patents

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 04.21.2015 | Business
Jonha Revesencio

Life can be unpredictable. At any point in time, a brilliant idea could spring into your head. Regardless of the originality, quality and need for your invention, you will never find success, if the research and development do not meet modern standards.

IRMA President: Illinois' Fight on Patent Trolls Must Move to the Federal Level

Matthew Dietrich | Posted 12.14.2014 | Chicago
Matthew Dietrich

Though Illinois has passed laws against patent-trolling shakedowns, the head of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association believes this is a battle only the federal government can fight.

Senate Must Maintain Momentum for Legislation to Stop Patent Trolls

Michael Beckerman | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Michael Beckerman

This bill brings much needed transparency to the patent litigation system, ensuring that trolls are clear about who they are and what activity is violating their specific patent.

Why USTR Should Not Put MPAA and PhRMA Ahead of Other Industries (and Consumers) in Trade Negotiations, including TPP

James Love | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
James Love

This week in Singapore, the Obama administration has a different focus -- providing "more" for the MPAA and big pharma lobby. That should change, before this huge trade deal is concluded.

Protect Your Treasure

Amy Oraefo | Posted 11.19.2013 | Business
Amy Oraefo

Proper federal registration of intellectual property is beneficial because it provides the owner with the right to sue for particular damages in the event that the intellectual property owner's copyright, trademark, or patent is infringed upon after federal registration.

Google vs. Apple and 3 Other Past High-Profile IP Patent Violation Cases

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 10.22.2013 | Technology
Deborah Sweeney

Apple and Google are not the first companies to duke it out over the rights to high-tech patents, and they certainly won't be the last.


Frank A. Weil | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

Patents have been in the news a lot recently, both as incentives to eye-popping acquisitions and as clubs used to "stifle" innovation or "extort" payo...

How Small Businesses Can Handle Patent Trolls

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 08.18.2013 | Small Business
Deborah Sweeney

There are plenty of small businesses being threatened with frivolous infringement lawsuits. So exactly how can you avoid patent trolls and what can be done if one moves in to strike?

It Is Time To Declare Total War On Patent Trolls

The New Yorker | Posted 08.05.2013 | Technology

The federal government, and the states, should do everything they can to exterminate them and to make anyone regret getting into such crooked work....

The Difficult Necessity of Unified Intellectual Property Law

Brad Reid | Posted 07.20.2013 | Business
Brad Reid

Intellectual property, the modern source of wealth, is protected by a jumbled maze of common law, statutes, judicial decisions, and treaties.

WATCH: Recipient Of First Ever Software Patent Blasts Amazon, Questions Apple's Pinch-To-Zoom

Jason Gilbert | Posted 03.26.2013 | Technology
Jason Gilbert

Conscientious objectors to the Patent Wars, prepare to be outraged: In a just-released interview for PBS' Inventors YouTube series, the recipient of t...

Software Patents Have Become a Start-up Nightmare

Marty Zwilling | Posted 02.11.2013 | Small Business
Marty Zwilling

The USPTO has been overwhelmed by both the volume and the novelty of applications for software patents, and they can't maintain a qualified staff. Patents currently last 20 years, which is way too long in the software business.

Is Google Working On A New Project Glass Device?

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 10.11.2012 | Technology

Imagine you're wearing a fancy wristwatch with a hinged bezel that can be raised or lowered over the timepiece display. Now imagine that this shatter-...

Samsung Automatic 'Diary' Is Really Creepy

The Huffington Post | Jason Gilbert | Posted 10.05.2012 | Technology

Dear diary, Today I talked to my mom for 1 minute and 53 seconds and played Angry Birds for four hours. Here's a filtered picture of an omelette I ...

Are Politicians Pointing to the Wrong Chinese Patent Problem?

James Love | Posted 09.02.2012 | Business
James Love

The GOP platform mentions China 15 times, including these passages: Our serious trade disputes, especially China's failure to enforce international ...

Apple Wins Patent Case, Innovation Loses

Dr. R. Keith Sawyer | Posted 10.29.2012 | Technology
Dr. R. Keith Sawyer

It's scary that a jury voted against Samsung. I don't blame the jury, they were simply following the court's instructions and the law as it currently stands. The problem is with the law.

Doctors Remove Bullet From Victim's Head, Seek to Determine Cause of Death

Dean Baker | Posted 10.27.2012 | Home
Dean Baker

While the whole theme of Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage is the need for more innovation, the book is not especially innovative in how it pursues this agenda.

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Patent Bullies Can Hit and Run

Daniel B. Ravicher | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics
Daniel B. Ravicher

Today I'm writing about a beacon of hope. Earlier this week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that could greatly expand the right of the public to defend itself from bogus patents.

Is Obama's Patent Reform Hurting American Small Businesses

Daniel B. Ravicher | Posted 07.10.2012 | Small Business
Daniel B. Ravicher

While I would never -- and have never -- advocated for abolishing the patent system, because that would be throwing the baby out with the bath water, we do need to fix our patent system so that it rewards innovation, not manipulation.

The Patent Pollution Problem: Its Causes, Effects and Solutions

Daniel B. Ravicher | Posted 07.01.2012 | Technology
Daniel B. Ravicher

it is critically important to the success of our patent system that it maintain high patent quality and ensures only deserving patents are issued. Unfortunately, the American patent system today is suffering from extremely low patent quality.