Intellectual property and economic prosperity: Friends or foes?, in TechPolicyDaily.com. The article reviews a report by the Mercatus Center, a free-market think tank that is highly critical of IP. Here is one of my favorite quotes from the article:
“It is bewildering, for example, to find a libertarian think tank arguing that government projects are superior to private property rights as a means of directing resources to innovative
We have completed a first draft of the second Hank Rangar book, tentatively titled Trails of Injustice. Hank is snared by a government conspiracy to undermine the constitution. Can you guess which recent government conspiracy it is?
This weekend (8/1/14 – 8/3/14) Pendulum of Justice is on sale for $0.99. The hero of this fast paced techno-thriller is Hank Rangar an inventor.
With two high tech start-ups going gangbusters, former cyber warrior Hank Rangar has finally “made” it. His lab, “Made By Man,” has revolutionized cardiac procedures, potentially saving
We are beginning to see the absurd results from Alice in the case Digitech Image Technologies, LLC v. Electronics For Imaging, Inc., Case No. 13-1600 (Fed. Cir. July 14, 2014), the Federal Circuit affirmed a district court decision invalidating all claims of Digitech’s patent (U.S. Patent No. 6,128,415). The invention tags digital images with particular information about the camera and its color/spatial image qualities in a form that is device-independent. The patent includes claims directed to both a “device profile” and a “method of generating a device profile.” The Court found the claims invalid under 35 USC 101. Independent Claim 1 states:
1. A device profile for describing properties of a device in a digital image
This is an excellent post on the inventor Charles Brush from the excellent blog Ice Dynamo.
Charles Francis Brush was born March 17, 1849 on his family’s farm – a farm not so different from those sprinkled across Bainbridge. You can imagine the bemusement of his parents – both farmers – when seemingly from infancy Charles showed an insatiable interest in electricity. He was a mere twelve when he built his first static electric machine.
He graduated college when he was twenty, and immediately went to work repaying his student loan, granted to him by his uncle. Charles spent his days selling iron ore and his nights devising a new dynamo – an early version of the electric generator. He was twenty-eight when his tireless efforts earned him his first patent.
As abundant and reliable as electricity is
This excellent book, by Thomas Malone, demonstrates that Liberty and the American Revolution are both based in reason. Both the left (Liberals, Democrats, Socialists, Environmentalists) and the right (neocons, compassionate conservatives, social conservatives) are anti-reason and both are fundamentally opposed to people’s right to the pursuit of their own happiness (Not to mention your Right to Life and Liberty). The book is full of quotes from the Founding Fathers and shows the US as a Christian nation, in its founding, is revisionist history. The book pulls no punches about the Socialists (Democrats) either, amply demonstrating that the philosophy of Obama and
The long awaited decision by the Supreme Court in Alice v. CLS Bank came out on June 19, 2014, while I was away giving a talk at Atlas Summit 2014, which is why this post has been delayed. Even in the statement of the question presented in the case the Court got it wrong:
The question presented is whether these claims are patent eligible under 35 U. S. C. §101, or are instead drawn to a patent-ineligible abstract idea.
Abstract ideas are not an exception to section 101, despite a long line of nonsense by the court. Every invention is an abstract idea in that it describes a class of things, not a specific instance. The failure (purposeful) of the Court to define what they mean by an “abstract
An academic paper claims that the cost for royalties ($120 per phone) is about the same as the cost of the components in a smartphone. This was accompanied by a number of articles suggesting this was outrageous and unsustainable. For example see:
* The $120 Smartphone Patent Tax: Patent Royalties Cost More Than The Actual Hardware In Your Phone: This one from my favorite patent Luddite site, Techdirt.
At least for this year it appears the Patent Deform bill has died in the Senate. This bill was designed to make it easier for large companies to steal the technology of independent inventors and start-ups. This same group pushed through the America Invents not Act (AIA) in 2014 which gutted our patent system and passed out goodies to Wall Street and others. They hailed the AIA – Patent Reform, but now they are back trying to further gut the patent system.
- The Power of the Pen: The Role of Examiners’ Discretion in Patent Examination | USPTO Talk on Patent Office Uses Restriction Requirement to Limit Scope of Claims
- dbhalling on What are the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics?: Video
- dbhalling on CATO on Software Patents
- step back on CATO on Software Patents
- dbhalling on CATO on Software Patents
- Philosophy of Science
- Farewell to Reality: Book Review
- CATO on Software Patents
- Hurricane Odile and Inventions
- Patent Trolls: Evidence from Targeted Firms
- CATO and Mercatus Center: Another Flawed Study on Patents
- What are the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics?: Video
- Halling’s Talk at Atlas Summit 2014: Why John Galt is an Inventor
- Rebirth of Reason Website Attacks Patents
- Intellectual Property, Innovation and Economic Growth