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World IP Day: Promoting Progress

Cross-posted on the Disruptive Competition Project. Today, April 26, is World Intellectual Property Day.  And in the U.S., Congress is granted the power to create copyrights and patents—two key forms of intellectual property—in the Constitution.  Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, grants Congress the power to “promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by…

FTC Hearings #4: Patents, Intellectual Property, and Innovation

This post has been cross-posted to DisCo. Last week, the FTC held the fourth in its set of hearings focusing on “Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century.”  The first day focused on a review of the current landscape of intellectual property and competition.  The second day featured a variety of panels focusing on…

The “Alice Storm” Is More Of A Drizzle

You might be familiar with Bob Sachs’ term “Alice Storm.” Sachs and his co-authors over at Bilski Blog argue that “Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank has had a dramatic impact on the allowability of computer implemented inventions.” I disagree, and some newly released data from the Patent Office seems to back me up.  Alice has…

Mueller’s critique against Google off base

Last month, Florian Mueller authored a provocative blog post, criticizing Google for its recent pledge not to assert ten of its patents against any open source project. Mueller has never been a fan of these kinds of pledges, so his comments aren’t surprising. Mueller’s main criticism is that Google hasn’t gone far enough: compared to IBM, Sun,…