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Trademarks and Free Speech

Legal SystemMonopoly and Competition

Blog08/08/2007

The chilling effect of copyright law on free speech is well known; but it's not the only IP law that affects free speech. Jindal campaign to keep passing out 'Tigers'...

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The Coming Software Patent Apocalypse

Legal SystemMonopoly and Competition

Blog08/05/2007

Interesting post about software patents. Explains that even companies that oppose software patents, such as Oracle Corporation and Red Hat, still file for and receive software patents—they must do so for defensive purposes...

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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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