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INPEX Seeks to Play Matchmaker for Inventors and Companies

Jeff Charles | Posted 06.02.2016 | Business
Jeff Charles

Being an inventor isn't easy, is it? There are tons of challenges that inventors face when trying to get their product to market. One of the main obs...

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):

Embarking on a New Adventure: Open Data at the US Patent and Trademark Office

Michelle K. Lee | Posted 05.24.2016 | Technology
Michelle K. Lee

Few things are more exciting than arriving at an unknown platform for the first time. Whether it's Grand Central Station, Roma Termini, or the metro i...

Who Owns Your Genes? Congress Should Decide -- and Soon

Emma Ambrogi | Posted 05.19.2016 | Science
Emma Ambrogi

When a biologist isolates a bacterium and sequences its genome, the results are her intellectual property. She is free to publish the sequence or share it with other biologists in whatever manner she deems appropriate.

Protecting America's Secret Sauce: The Defend Trade Secrets Act Signed Into Law

Michelle K. Lee | Posted 05.11.2016 | Politics
Michelle K. Lee

Today is a new day for American inventors. The President and Congress helped American companies and innovators protect their intellectual property from those engaging in economic espionage by passing and signing the Defend Trade Secrets Act.

Will the Trans-Pacific Partnership Turn Silicon Valley Into Detroit?

Dean Baker | Posted 05.09.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

The proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) like to describe it as a free-trade deal for the 21st century. That might be a good sales pitch, but it's not accurate. The TPP has little to with reducing trade barriers, which in most cases were already low.

No Parking Zone: Chinese Antitrust Agencies Put the Boot on Foreign Patent Rights

Jay Jurata | Posted 05.04.2016 | Business
Jay Jurata

Chinese antitrust regulators have embarked on an unprecedented and alarming series of investigations targeting foreign patent rights in recent years.

For Entrepreneurs: How to Protect Your Intellectual Property

Parker Beauchamp | Posted 04.19.2016 | Business
Parker Beauchamp

In a digitally connected world, ideas are easy to share, distribute and, unfortunately, even steal. By definition, an entrepreneur is a person who "...

A Trade Deal for the 21st Century: An Alternative to the TPP

Dean Baker | Posted 04.04.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

There can be large benefits to countries from trading, and there is no doubt that the United States is enormously richer as a result of international trade. But that hardly means that everyone was benefitted by the patterns of trade over the last three decades, nor is it a reason to support the TPP.

Is Bernie Sanders Lost in Orbit With His HIV/AIDs Proposal?

Alex Tolbert | Posted 04.01.2016 | Technology
Alex Tolbert

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders recently released a proposal calling for a new approach to encourage development of drugs for HIV/AIDs. In doing so, he called the prohibitive cost of treatment "one of the great moral issues of our day."

6sense Announces AI Patent, Calls for Decrease in STEM Gender Gap

Laura Dambrosio | Posted 04.01.2016 | Technology
Laura Dambrosio

It may take years for a new generation of women to move through the higher education journey and take on leadership positions in STEM fields. But with the increase in public interest and the efforts of women in top corporate and academic roles, the odds of narrowing the gap look hopeful.

Think Trump's 45 Percent Tariffs Are Bad? Try Obama's 10,000 Percent Tariffs

Dean Baker | Posted 03.29.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

While Trump wants to put large tariffs on imports from some of our major trading partners, President Obama is actively pushing to have far larger tariffs imposed on a wide range of goods in his trade deals, most importantly the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The Patent System Isn't Broken; We Just Aren't Using It Intelligently

Joe Hadzima | Posted 03.28.2016 | Business
Joe Hadzima

Much of the talk about the U.S. patent system generates a lot of heat, but little light. We hear complaints about how the system doesn't work and varied suggestions for fixing it. However, it's not really broken.

Closing the Homework Gap and Fostering Tomorrow's Tech Visionaries

Jeremy White | Posted 03.23.2016 | Technology
Jeremy White

The Supreme Court announced this week that it will review a design patent case that dates back years between two giant tech companies, Apple and Samsu...

Fools or Liars On the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Dean Baker | Posted 03.21.2016 | Business
Dean Baker

The TPP will put into question every health, safety, and environmental regulation that governments at any level seek to implement. The assurances from the Obama administration to the contrary on this front are absolutely worthless.

Bernie Sanders' Most Radical Idea Is One He Almost Never Mentions

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The crowds always love the line. If they haven't heard it at a Feel The Bern rally before, they've seen it on TV. It's scripted and pred...

Icons of Innovation: A Journey to Becoming an Inventor

Jayme Cellitioci | Posted 01.12.2016 | Impact
Jayme Cellitioci

Over the past two decades, I have thought of myself as a program designer, maker, and informal learning educator. I recently acquired a seemingly stra...

Engaging With the Next Evolution of Innovation at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show

Michelle K. Lee | Posted 01.04.2016 | Technology
Michelle K. Lee

America is an innovation nation. Consider just one evolution of invention that developed and grew here -- the telegraph, the telephone, the television, the personal computer, to the very Internet on which you're reading these words -- and look for the common denominator.

President Obama's Forum: High Theater on High Drug Prices

Dean Baker | Posted 11.16.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

The Obama administration is sponsoring a forum this week on the problem of high drug prices. The purpose is presumably to express concern about a rapidly growing problem for both people in the United States and around the world. But the reasons for skepticism are obvious.

Innovation in China: Promise or Pipedream?

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 10.17.2015 | Business
Tom Doctoroff

If China fails to turbocharge its capacity to innovate, the country will experience a hard economic landing and social stability will be threatened. But can China evolve into an innovation powerhouse? The jury is out.

Apple Loses Patent Lawsuit To University Of Wisconsin-Madison

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 10.14.2015 | Technology

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc could be facing up to $862 million in damages after a U.S. jury on Tuesday found the iPhone maker used technology owned...

Rational Drug Pricing

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business
Jeffrey Sachs

Corporate lobbyists and their friends in the media spout free-market platitudes about why sky-high prices are necessary to promote innovation. It's time for a serious understanding of the policy issues.

Modern Design Competition Allows Middle School Students to Invent and Patent their Own Creations

Natalie Kalin | Posted 08.14.2015 | Science
Natalie Kalin

The patent process is a nightmare for an adult, let alone younger patrons. Fortunately FIRST--an organization dedicated to bringing STEM programs and activities to young students--is giving middle schoolers an opportunity to invent and patent their own designs without any of these obstacles.

What to Do When Someone Steals Your Startup Idea

Dr. Sean Wise | Posted 08.12.2015 | Business
Dr. Sean Wise

Start by answering this question quickly and truthfully to yourself: Did you begin working on your idea so you could build a business, or did you want to create something to sell right away?

Washington Post Editorial Backs Secrecy, Drug Companies in TPP

James Love | Posted 08.12.2015 | Media
James Love

On August 10, 2015, the Editorial Board of the Washington Post published a "Post View" that illustrated how comfortable the paper is with secrecy, high drug prices, and industry lobbying in general, and how much disdain the Editorial Board has for critics who challenge any of this.