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Revisiting some problems with patents

Legal SystemMonopoly and Competition

Blog08/02/2007

I was recently talking with a very intelligent fellow patent attorney, and we got around to the subject of policy issues. One thing led to another and he discovered, and was a bit shocked by, myt opposition to patent and copyright. He was interested in some further information on the topics we...

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Feds Eye Google

Legal SystemInterventionismMonopoly and Competition

Blog07/24/2007

Declan McCullagh writes of the growing sense that Google will become the target of antitrust intervention. For the primer on why such attacks are unnecessary and destructive, see...

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Inventor versus innovator

Legal SystemEntrepreneurshipMonopoly and Competition

Blog07/23/2007

If you missed it, the creator of Facebook (Mark Zuckerberg), a popular social networking website, was sued three years ago by a company he had previously worked at.

The lawsuit lists a number of allegations, including the fact that Zuckerberg "took the original idea" and...

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Patents — Prescription for Disaster

Legal SystemMonopoly and Competition

Blog07/22/2007

As Medical Patents Surge, So Do Lawsuits reports that

A surge in patents that protect surgeries and other medical methods has triggered numerous lawsuits in recent years, with inventors fighting more vigorously than...

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The Champion Inflator - Higher Education

EducationMonopoly and Competition

Blog07/21/2007

I read where tuition and fees at private colleges are up 5.9% this year. well, first of all you know that number is no more reliable than the polls of KIm Jong-II's popularity taken on North Korean streets — with the secret police standing by: about as meaningful as sticker prices on a...

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Service and frustrations

Monopoly and Competition

Blog07/15/2007

Yesterday I stopped at an RV/boating store to buy a 40-amp fuse for my camper. Right after I walked into the store, another man, along with his son, entered looking for a place to register his boat. Two sales clerks were available, so we both got immediate attention.

The clerk waiting on...

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Using the Fear Factor to Hate China and Wal-Mart

Global EconomyMonopoly and Competition

Blog06/30/2007

The headline reads: "What to do when everything is Made in China?: A one-week attempt to avoid products from there meets with little success." Of course this is a push on the part of the Buy American-Protectionist crowd to...

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