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The G20 Nations: Tracking the Globalization of Science and Innovation

Christopher King | Posted 04.14.2014 | Science
Christopher King

With the global landscape shifting and new national and regional powerhouses emerging, countries long established as eminent in science have begun to cede their shares of worldwide research output as well as their dominance in producing the most influential results.

3 Myths Americans Still Believe About Innovation

Steve Currall | Posted 03.27.2014 | Business
Steve Currall

From the perspective of technology breakthroughs -- and the industries and good jobs that often result from them -- the 20th century can fairly be called the American Century. But the outlook for the 21st century is far less clear.

In Search of a Cure for America's Drug Shortages

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Preetam Kaushik

Buried under fancy-sounding terms like Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and Special 301 is the real irony that availability of cheap drugs is not just a concern for the poor in an India or a China, but also for the poor back home in the US.

Every American Parent Should Teach Their Children about Patents: Here's Why

Richie Etwaru | Posted 03.04.2014 | Parents
Richie Etwaru

I did not learn about patents until about the age of 25, and I was insanely lucky to find co-founders who explained to me why it was important that our start-up business filed a patent. How many Americans learn this by 25, and how do Americans become more intellectual property aware even younger?

Senate Needs to Stop Patent Trolls

Edward J. Black | Posted 04.05.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

More and more American businesses have found themselves tied up in senseless litigation or threatened with extortive threats as patent trolls exploit flaws in the patent litigation system. Because of this, businesses have been forced to spend valuable time and money on pointless lawsuits.

10 Things I Bet You Didn't Know About Innovation

Richie Etwaru | Posted 03.29.2014 | Technology
Richie Etwaru

While conducting interviews and research on an article calling for less talk on innovation and more doing, I stumbled on the list below of somewhat un...

Google, Samsung Lay Down Their Arms

Reuters | Posted 03.29.2014 | Technology

(Reuters) - Google Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, which are frequently involved in patent infringement lawsuits but not against each other, annou...

Everyone Loves Innovation But Many Forget What It Takes

Don Rosenberg | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Don Rosenberg

Unfortunately, many of us have forgotten what it takes to incentivize the hard work, investment and creativity that bring new inventions into the world.

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.

Consumer Costs of Patent Trolls

Steve Pociask | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Steve Pociask

The business of patent trolls prospers because even the most frivolous of suits are usually cheaper to settle than the high costs of a lengthy court battle.

New Proposal to Slay Patent Trolls Would Be a Boon to the Digital Economy

Zachary Graves | Posted 10.07.2013 | Technology
Zachary Graves

Following a slew of other bills introduced this year to address America's broken patent system, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte released a second draft of a proposal to extend and amend the America Invents Act of 2011.

Dr. Singh Goes to Washington: Why US-India Relations Still Matter

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 11.27.2013 | World
Ronak D. Desai

The potential for what the United States and India can achieve together remains significant, even in light of the obstacles afflicting bilateral ties at the moment. The two countries are witnessing a convergence of interests in an increasing number of critical and diverse arenas.

Patently Unfair: Samsung Deserves Same Treatment as Apple from Obama Administration

Edward J. Black | Posted 11.24.2013 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Showing the world that the U.S. does not play favorites and reining in the International Trade Commission's nearly automatic issuing of exclusion orders for any violation are both good for U.S. industry and international trade.

Should Companies Patent Life?

Judy Frankel | Posted 11.09.2013 | Technology
Judy Frankel

Before we march off into this dark future where the source of our food comes from companies that would like to control all seed and food supplies, remember to find a congressman who would vote against the TPP.

The Samsung Smartwatch Is on Its Way

Fueled | Posted 11.03.2013 | Technology
Fueled

The race to release a smart-watch into a nascent market is heating up, with Samsung rumored to be trademarking and applying for patents around the development of its new watch.

In the Trenches of the Smartphone Patent War

Edward J. Black | Posted 09.29.2013 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Market-driven competition is better for economic growth than choosing winners and losers through political and legal maneuvering. A settlement that results in Apple and Samsung engineers designing products instead of courtroom exhibits is better for all involved.

PATENT TROLLS OR POWER ROLLS

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...

The One Percent Want Your Kidney: Tales of Redistribution

Dean Baker | Posted 09.07.2013 | Business
Dean Baker

It is widely recognized that economists are not very good at economics. That is why we are looking at a decade of economic stagnation with tens of millions of people being unemployed or underemployed in Europe and the United States.

Boston University Trying To Halt Sales Of iPhones

Posted 07.03.2013 | Technology

Boston University wants Apple to stop selling iPhones to its students, and everyone else for that matter, alleging that the company is stealing a two-...

Harnessing Privateers to Block Their Attacks on US Competitiveness

Edward J. Black | Posted 08.31.2013 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Long ago, this term referred to pirates-for-hire, naval contractors hired by one government to attack the commercial interests of another. Today, patent warriors are doing the same, but instead of pillaging ships at gunpoint, today's privateers launch patent attacks, thus putting the competition at a tactical disadvantage in the marketplace.

Call on the FTC to Fix the Patent Litigation Mess and Patent Privateering

David Balto | Posted 08.28.2013 | Technology
David Balto

Patent privateering changes the dimensions and threat of patent litigation. In the patent ecosystem, firms may be reluctant to sue or may reach efficient accommodations with other firms that possess IP because of the threat of countersuit -- which could lead to mutually assured destruction.

Imitation Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery

Soren Petersen | Posted 08.25.2013 | Business
Soren Petersen

Under an asymmetrical structure that exploits settlement instead of costly litigation, too often, this reaches the modestly funded as well, and these are the entities that typically serve the smaller market segments.

China's Innovation Hurdle

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 08.14.2013 | World
Lyric Hughes Hale

Being a superpower involves hard power, military might, soft power and economic dominance. Of course, these are all related, and all are dependent upon the ability to innovate. This has long been the strong suit of the U.S.. Will China be able to meet the innovation challenge?

Inside Edison Nation: Charlotte's Willy Wonka-Style Warehouse Of Inventions

Nate C. Hindman | Posted 06.12.2013 | Small Business
Nate C. Hindman

Hop the ragged chain-link fence behind Panthers stadium, scale a gravel embankment, and you'll come upon a nondescript warehouse with an unmarked door. This is Edison Nation, and inside, you'll find a winding labyrinth of high-tech design studios, 3-D printing labs, and ultra-modern offices.

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....