Should someone be able to get a monopoly on concepts for software? What if those concepts cover the basic pieces of something as important as the Internet? These are the type of questions constantly debated in the software industry, the patent office and the courts. What is generally overlooked, however, ...
It sounds like a silly question, doesn’t it? After all, self-driving cars represent innovative progress in technology, and patents are intended “to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.” U.S. Constitution, ...
Torrentz.eu shuts down so did KickAss torrents, yet a bunch carrying "Torrentz" surname spawn in the torrenting world. Now the whole round of debate about legality of torrents, intellectual property and piracy resumes. Is downloading through torrent client illegal is the prime question surrounding the torrent protocol. If downloading via torrent ...
In The Innovators, a mostly excellent book about the history of technological innovation, author Walter Isaacson unearthed a gem of a quote from Howard Aitken, a futurist from the past. Aitken was skeptical about the need for patents given his view that truly great ideas only appear great well ...
The Internet of Things, as you may have noticed, is changing the world. Architecture, design and construction aren’t immune, as young architects no longer line up to work for the field’s undisputed stars, instead launching self-directed crowdsourced projects and using Kickstarter campaigns as a means to fund their own projects ...
1) Michel Chevalier on the cumulative nature of innovation Michel Chevalier (1806-1879) was one of the most brilliant of the French Classical School of Political Economy, rightly called by Dr. Joseph Salerno the “Bastiat’s school”. As a minister during the second empire, he led the negociations that resulted in the Cobden–Chevalier ...
Property must be distinguished from monopoly. They are often conflated because they both involve exclusive rights. But they are importantly different. Property is an exclusive right to use a particular means. Monopoly is the exclusive right to use any means in a certain way. Property is the exclusive right to use this boat, this paper, this trap, these ...
Remember that scene in the 1967 movie The Graduate when Mr. McGuire (Walter Brooke) offers career advice to a young Benjamin Braddock (Dustin Hoffman)? “Plastics!” he says. “There’s a great future in plastics.” Half a century later, it’s not plastics but rather intellectual property (IP) — patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets — ...