The Effect of Patents on Drug Prices

The NYT has a good article on how patents enable drug companies to keep prices high – far higher than in other countries. For example, with the patent for the older oral contraceptive Loestrin 24Fe about to expire, the company Warner Chilcott stopped making the pill this year and introduced a chewable version — with […]

Groklaw is Dead

This is so sad. Pamela Jones of Groklaw has decided to shutter the site as a result of Snowden’s revelations about email snooping. I know this won’t mean anything to most people, but Groklaw was a beacon in the IP world. PJ is a para-legal who reported on all the big cases – SCO, Apple/Samsung, […]

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Olympics organisers have warned businesses that during London 2012 their advertising should not include a list of banned words, including “gold”, “silver” and “bronze”, “summer”, “sponsors” and “London”. Publicans have been advised that blackboards advertising live TV coverage must not refer to beer brands or brewers without an Olympics deal, while caterers and restaurateurs have […]

SOPA and the power of the Internet

Firstly, there is an excellent explanation of SOPA’s potential impact here. Check out the video in the first link. What is so striking about this, apart from the breath-taking over-reach of the bills, is the about-face in Congress as a result of the Internet strike. This is the latest example of the Internet providing citizens […]

Use WiFi – Go to Jail

I exaggerate – the claim is a civil offense, not a criminal one, but this is still a new low for Patent Trolls. Innovatio IP, a non-practising entity (NPE, i.e. a business that doesn’t actually produce anything, but just sues people), is shaking down coffee shops, hotels and grocery stores for payments in the $2,300 […]

Sources of Innovation

Interesting column in today’s NYT by Steven Johnson discussing his book “Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation“.  He describes four quadrants: The class solo entrepreneur The amateur individual The private corporation Collaborative nonproprietary innovation He analysed 300 influential ideas and concludes that the fourth quadrant is the most productive, which fits […]