Patents remains the hottest topic of the month, although the Europeans have also been quite active. Plus we have an interesting comment on political imbecility and updates on the U.S. Supreme Court, the FTC, and the SEC. And for our U.S. community, our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!
Richard Epstein Podcast: ‘Patent Rights: A Spark or Hindrance for the Economy?’ With a string of high profile patent infringement suits in the smartphone industry – and a new effort to roll back patent rights at the International Trade Commission certain patents held by so-called “non-practicing entities” – the debate over intellectual property has grown more intense. (courtesy of Truth on the Market)
How Many Patents Make a “Patent War”? Patent thickets are also defined by, among other things, the capabilities and costs of communication between the relevant parties and the means and costs in commercially exploiting the technology. Adam Mossoff (Intellectual Ventures)
Software Patents and the Smart Phone Perhaps smartphones are the focus of the software patent problem because, well, they do everything, and so they might infringe everything. Michael Risch (PrawfsBlawg)
Antitrust and Political Imbecility The expansion and consolidation of antitrust laws across the world can actually contribute to mitigating political imbecility through the promotion-even if implicit-of sensible centrist attitudes. Alfonso Lamadrid (Chillin’Competition)
In EU’s Top Court, Silence is Golden In the European Court of Justice, the burden is now on the parties to request oral arguments and show why they are necessary. Joe Palazzolo (Wall Street Journal)
Google and The FTC’s Investigation: A Cautionary Tale The outcome will determine whether the U.S. antitrust authorities remain anchored to the principle that, in the words of the Supreme Court, the antitrust laws “are not designed to protect business from the working of the market,” or whether the FTC drifts closer to the EU model, where competition laws ask large firms to be more accommodating of weaker rivals. Eric Savitz (Forbes)
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