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Economist's View: 'Do Patents Stifle Cumulative Innovation?'

Economist's View: 'Do Patents Stifle Cumulative Innovation?' | Anti-IP | Scoop.it
... stifle cumulative innovation?: There has been a movement that began with the notion of the anti-commons that suggested that, whatever the other benefits and faults might be with the patent system, a fault that really matters.
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At the NBER Summer Institute a new paper by Bhaven Sampat and Heidi Williams (the same Williams from the previous paper) actually found a way to examine the impact of patents on follow-on innovations themselves. ... The ... paper presents evidence that you cannot reject zero as the likely prediction. That is, the effect patents on follow-on research appears to be non-existent. ...

 
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The IPKat: The Misplaced Patent Narrative

The IPKat: The Misplaced Patent Narrative | Anti-IP | Scoop.it
What is common to all of them is that they enjoy the public limelight and that they are widespread in the mainline media and social media, i.e., they have acquired patent “celebrity” status. Against this ...
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Paper Finds Little Success In ‘Three-Strikes’ IP Enforcement Programmes | Intellectual Property Watch

Paper Finds Little Success In ‘Three-Strikes’ IP Enforcement Programmes | Intellectual Property Watch | Anti-IP | Scoop.it
A new paper by an Australian academic assesses the
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A new paper by an Australian academic assesses the "graduated response" programmes set up in recent years to enforce copyrights online through escalating penalties for repeat offences.

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Obama tries to clarify exactly who deserves state-granted patents ...

Obama tries to clarify exactly who deserves state-granted patents ... | Anti-IP | Scoop.it
From the EFF: Obama Calls for Patent Reform to Topple Trolls In a welcome turn of events, President Barack Obama spoke directly to the patent troll problem and the need for more comprehensive patent reform yesterday in ...
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President obama speaks on the need for further patent reform

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Activist Post: Sharing is Not a Crime: A Battle Plan to Fight Back

Activist Post: Sharing is Not a Crime: A Battle Plan to Fight Back | Anti-IP | Scoop.it
Open-source, crowd-sourced, innovative software, media, and hardware businesses already exist, and are already turning profits while creating local jobs. ...
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Policy brief for copyright reform released, entitled: "Three Myths ...

Policy brief for copyright reform released, entitled: "Three Myths ... | Anti-IP | Scoop.it
The brief is currently available at Wikimedia Commons. ...
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Legal Scholars: Thumbs Down on Patent and Copyright

Legal Scholars: Thumbs Down on Patent and Copyright | Anti-IP | Scoop.it
Unfortunately, this exercise [an economic analysis of the cost and benefits of intellectual property] is no more within our reach today than it was in Machlup's day [1950s].
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“Patently Evil: What if 'intellectual property' is bad for business ...

“Patently Evil: What if 'intellectual property' is bad for business ... | Anti-IP | Scoop.it
“Some governments have used a variety of unfair means to limit American access to their markets while stealing our designs, patents, brands, know-how, and technology—the 'intellectual property' that drives innovation,” the platform reads.
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The case against software patents, in 9 charts - Vox

The case against software patents, in 9 charts - Vox | Anti-IP | Scoop.it
The case against software patents, in 9 charts
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This chart shows results of an analysis of publicly listed software firms, from a survey of private software startups and an analysis of the Crunchbase database of startup tech firms.
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"A look at the data makes it clear why patents are unpopular in the software industry. Most software developers and startup firms gain little from patents. The patent system is difficult to navigate, thanks to unclear rules about which patents cover which technologies. And the software industry has been swamped by lawsuits from litigious firms known as patent trolls"

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The Wealth of Ideas: New anti-IP book from Joren De Wachter

The Wealth of Ideas: New anti-IP book from Joren De Wachter | Anti-IP | Scoop.it
Joren De Wachter, a European software lawyer and IP strategist, sent me a link to his new book The Wealth of Ideas, subtitled “why we need free trade in ideas, rather than the mercantilist tax on innovation we call 'intellectual […] ...
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 The Wealth of Ideas, is subtitled “why we need free trade in ideas, rather than the mercantilist tax on innovation we call ‘intellectual property rights’”. It can be downloaded for free from De Wachter's site. De Wachter “compare[s] IP with mercantilism. It is linked to the idea that ‘freedom of enterprise’ means ‘freedom to copy’.”

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Freakonomics: Does Copyright Make Books Disappear?

Freakonomics: Does Copyright Make Books Disappear? | Anti-IP | Scoop.it
For some real reform, abolish patent and copyright, or at least do something significant: see “How to Improve Patent, Copyright, and Trademark Law” (Feb. 1, 2011). ...
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Shareable: Why The Intellectual Commons Isn't Good Enough

Shareable: Why The Intellectual Commons Isn't Good Enough | Anti-IP | Scoop.it
Courtesy of this P2P Foundation blog post by Michel Bauwens (who has blogged previously about my anti-IP work, e.g. Materiality of the Intellectual Commons and Against the artificial scarcity induced by IP law), I was made aware of an ...
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Copyright vs. Copyleft | The Vault Magazine

Amnesia Reaction: Dont trust it ... Patents, as a form of intellectual property rights, are used to legally secure the attribution of ownership to an innovation, a kind of catch-all word for an idea, process, method, product or even their...
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Patent Rights: A Spark or Hindrance for the Economy? | IPWatchdog ...

Patent Rights: A Spark or Hindrance for the Economy? | IPWatchdog ... | Anti-IP | Scoop.it
Innovation and entrepreneurship are integral to America's economic strength, and the U.S. patent system has been critical to nurturing this innovation economy. ...
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The Industrial Radical's Radical Copyright Policy

The Industrial Radical's Radical Copyright Policy | Anti-IP | Scoop.it
Center for the Study of Innovative Freedom ... We regard the intellectual enclosure of patents and copyrights as a constraint on minds and markets, an invasion of individual rights, and an increasingly destructive form of protectionism.
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