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House Democrats, Advocates Blast Trade Deal Protections For Drug Companies

The Huffington Post | Daniel Marans | Posted 07.17.2015 | Politics

House Democrats and health care advocates blasted drug patent provisions in a current draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement on Friday, crit...

Rich People's Rules and the TPP

Dean Baker | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

A victory by the masses, or "everyday people," over big money and big media is always grounds for celebration. But it is important to remember the game is far from over. This is one of those bills, like the TARP, where we are playing by rich people's rules.

The Digital Revolution Meets the Human Brain

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 06.12.2015 | Technology
Alvaro Fernandez

To predict the future, it helps to examine one key leading indicator of tech investment: patent activity.

The Incredible Arrogance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Crowd

Dean Baker | Posted 05.18.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

There are few policies that show the split between elite opinion and everyone else as clearly as trade policy. On trade we see a remarkable convergence of the leadership of both parties against their base, with the elites firmly behind the leadership against what they view as the ignorance of the masses.

Mothers Of Invention

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 05.18.2015 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Kwolek was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for her invention of Kevlar. At the induction, she was escorted to the stage by a policeman whose Kevlar bulletproof vest had saved his life.

The Battle Over the Trans-Pacific Partnership and Fast-Track Gets Hot

Dean Baker | Posted 06.27.2015 | Business
Dean Baker

President Obama must be having trouble getting the votes for fast-track authority since the administration is now pulling out all the stops to push the deal. Obama insisted the deal is not secret, but googling "TPP" will not get you a copy of the text.

How Much Could Your Idea Be Worth? The Patent Marketing Process

Jonha Revesencio | Posted 06.10.2015 | Business
Jonha Revesencio

A great product or service idea could be worth millions or even billions of dollars, but you could find yourself in an undesirable position if you fail to obtain a patent.

Wealth vs. Money

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The world we've created is governed these days by two unquestioned principles: commodify and dominate. And it's chewing up the resources that used to belong to every occupant of the planet. It's the opposite of the philosophy that what we do as individuals we do for the good of the whole, and, indeed, there is no separation between the individual and the whole.

U.S. Jury Clears Apple Of Infringing Wireless Tech Patents

Reuters | Posted 03.16.2015 | Technology

NEW YORK, March 16 (Reuters) - A federal jury in Texas on Monday said Apple Inc did not infringe five wireless technology patents owned by Canadian pa...

Here's Why Patents Are Innovation's Worst Enemy

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 05.12.2015 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

The framers of the U.S. Constitution were not wrong. Patents did serve an important purpose during the days when technological advances happened over decades or centuries. In today's era of exponentially advancing technologies, however, patents have become the greatest inhibitor to innovation and are holding the United States back.

It's Time to Support Software Industry Priorities

Victoria Espinel | Posted 05.03.2015 | Business
Victoria Espinel

The global software industry -- exemplified by the unparalleled success of American-born innovation -- is changing the way we live.

Zach Carter

How Congress Remade The Economy In Its Own Awful Image

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 02.26.2015 | Politics

A jury ruled on Wednesday that Apple must pay $532.9 million for infringing on three patents owned by a firm that could serve as a textbook definition...

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.

From Idea to Patent to Product: A Young Entrepreneur Takes on At-Home Fitness

Carol J. Carter | Posted 02.14.2015 | Small Business
Carol J. Carter

As a student at University of Maryland, Obidi Orakwusi needed a summer job but couldn't find one without a car. He decided he would create a job for himself and sketched the first concept of the Mega Bar on the back of a job application.

Protect Inventors or Take Down Trolls? Patent Reform with Senator John Cornyn, CEO Innovestion, and Rackspace

Maya Horgan | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Maya Horgan

Senator John Cornyn, Rackspace, and CEO-General Council Kevin Fiur share their insights on a few impending policies that will liberate the entrepreneur... or facilitate idea stealing.

iPhones Of The Future Could Save Themselves When You Drop Them

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 12.02.2014 | Technology

A new patent granted to Apple could help save devices from falls.

Low Energy Nuclear Reactions: Papers and Patents

David H. Bailey | Posted 01.28.2015 | Science
David H. Bailey

On 12 November 2014, China and the U.S. reached a historic agreement to limit greenhouse gases. Other nations will hopefully follow suit. But even these cuts may not be enough. So how are we going to meet these goals?

Great Ideas Are Worthless Without Strong Execution

Rana Florida | Posted 01.07.2015 | Business
Rana Florida

Most people think a Great Idea -- a breakthrough discovery, a killer app -- will make them wealthy beyond their dreams. But successful entrepreneurs know that Great Ideas are a dime a dozen. True success lies in the execution.

World's Most Innovative Companies

Christopher King | Posted 01.06.2015 | Business
Christopher King

Asia declares a new primacy on the list, particularly with Japanese firms and, perhaps most notable of all, the first China-based company to make the annual ranking. Concurrently, some traditional powers, including the United States and France, have ceded representation among the Top 100.

Are Drones Becoming Family-Friendly?

Dieter Holger | Posted 11.10.2014 | Technology
Dieter Holger

Whether depicting drones as unintimidating in 'Shutterbug Time,' or drones in theme parks; Disney wants drones to be family-friendly. How the public will respond to drones around their children remains to be seen.

Top 3 Mistakes Newbie Entrepreneurs Make and Their Solutions

Darilyn Aquino | Posted 10.28.2014 | Business
Darilyn Aquino

In the current entrepreneurship boom we are experiencing nowadays, it is quite common that novice business owners -- as well as those with more experience -- make very frequent mistakes due to a lack of legal counseling and experience.

FTC to Begin Patent Troll Study

Edward J. Black | Posted 10.25.2014 | Politics
Edward J. Black

It's time for the FTC to begin using its authority to subpoena troll companies and gather more data on exactly how this parasitic industry is draining the economy.

The Republicans' Minimum Wage Class Warfare

Dale Hansen | Posted 09.21.2014 | Politics
Dale Hansen

The rise of the U.S. was very much tied to innovation and creation. This conservative propensity of arguing for antiquated occupations to save menial jobs instead of embracing the sort of change that made the U.S. the world power it is today is dangerous.

The Most Inspiring Thing to Happen in Business in Years

Derek Handley | Posted 08.18.2014 | Business
Derek Handley

The motivation is simple -- the Tesla mission is to accelerate the shift of humanity's reliance on fossil fuels towards sustainable, renewably powered transportation.

Elon Musk Is Even Smarter Than We Thought

Courtney Michaluk | Posted 08.15.2014 | Business
Courtney Michaluk

It's an Elon Musk world, and we're just living in it. Before we bow down to a seemingly fearless and altruistic pioneer of electric vehicles and libertarianism, it's important to point out the ongoing contradictions with Musk and markets.