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14

Oct2016
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, ... Read More
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20

Sep2016
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 ... Read More
China

16

Sep2016
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 ... Read More

29

Jul2016
In this third episode of our Future Cities strand, we explore how attitudes in Shenzhen about patents and intellectual property differ to those in the West.
Open-Source-Whats-Trending

24

Jul2016
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 ... Read More
intellectual-property

18

Jul2016
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 ... Read More
Computer Crime Concept

12

Jul2016
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 ... Read More
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08

Jul2016
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 — ... Read More
health_on_the_net

08

Jun2016
Diagnosed with Parkinson’s in his 50s, Gary’s hallucinations began slowly — first, a leak that didn’t exist, then imaginary cats frolicking throughout his house. They quickly escalated, until Gary called the cops after a terrifying delusion in which a stranger assaulted his wife. Ten million people worldwide have Parkinson’s  — and ... Read More
fashion

03

Jun2016
The purchase of a designer handbag is satisfying, despite being among the most expensive items on the shopping lists of many women. High fashion goods are a billion-dollar market, and this is the reason why fashion houses value their brand equity. It is due to this brand recognition and equity that ... Read More