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Prior User Rights and Patent Reform

BlogApril 1, 2011

We IP abolitionists are often accused of not favoring or proposing incremental change–of only wanting all or nothing. Nonsense. In my article “Reducing the Cost of IP Law,” Mises Daily (Jan. 20, 2010), I outlined several paths...

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Another Reason to Reform Patent Law: Touch Off A Recession!

BlogDecember 14, 2007

And here I thought recessions and the business cycle had something to do with state manipulation of the money supply. Now we have a new culprit: Patent Reform. So here's the deal. There's increasingly hyperbolic...

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Ayn Rand Finally Right about the First-to-File US Patent System

BlogSeptember 9, 2011

As I noted in Against Intellectual Property, in her confused and flawed attempt to justify patent and copyright monopolies, Ayn Rand mistakenly assumed that under US patent law, the first inventor to...

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Common Misconceptions about Plagiarism and Patents: A Call for an Independent Inventor Defense

BlogNovember 21, 2009

Defenders of patents commonly say they are against innovators' ideas being "stolen" or "plagiarized." This implies that patents simply permit an innovator to sue those who copy his idea. This position betrays either disingenuity or ignorance about patent law. Let...

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Optimal Patent and Copyright Term Length

BlogJune 16, 2011

Currently patents last about 17 years, and copyright about 100 years. Originally both were about 14 years, equal to two 7-year apprentice terms. ((See my post...

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Patent Reform Is Here! O Joy!

BlogMarch 23, 2011

Of course, the best patent reform would be abolition. But incremental reform would be welcome too–as long as it’s significant, and unambiguously positive. I’ve outlined some ways there could be significant improvement in...

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Obama's Patent Reform: Improvement or Continuing Calamity?

Mises DailySeptember 21, 2011
These proposed reforms do not call for eliminating the patent injunction, for seriously cutting back patent scope, or for reducing the patent term.

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Radical Patent Reform Is Not on the Way

Mises DailyOctober 1, 2009
"Calls for abolition of the patent system — especially those coming from a principled, rights-based approach — are very unlikely to be adopted at the present time."...

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"Whining" Patent Victims

BlogDecember 10, 2007
In "The Still-Starved Patent Office," from the December IP Today, patent attorney Joseph Hosteny argues against PTO "fee diversion" and also takes a few swipes at Patent Reform and victims of patent suits. As noted in...

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China, India like US Patent Reform

BlogDecember 10, 2007

The pending reform of US patent law that has "inventors" and the IP bar all upset (even though it only makes modest changes to the law) is welcome by India and China, at least. See, e.g., this Indian...

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News Flash! "Inventors" Oppose Patent Reform!

BlogDecember 10, 2007

From a patent lawyer list I'm on, I received a solicitation to sign a letter opposing patent reform. The letter is to be sent to Senators Reid and McConnell. My response to the letter is below (only contains excerpts...

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Top-Down Reform: Converting the King

Online Text Page from What Must Be Done, Ch. What Must Be Done

The problem up to 1914 was comparatively small and the possible solution was comparatively easy then; and today as we will see, matters are more difficult and the solution is far more complicated. By mid-19th century, in Europe as well as in the United States, not only was the degree of political centralization far less pronounced than it is now; the Southern War of Independence had not yet taken place, and neither Germany nor Italy existed as unified States.

17. Observations on the Russian Reform Movement

Online Text Page from Money, Method, and the Market Process, Ch. Comparative Economic Systems

The bosses of the Russian Communist Administration are disturbed by the fact that economic conditions in the countries which have not adopted the methods of the Communist International are by far more satisfactory than those in their own country.* If they could succeed in keeping their “comrades” in complete ignorance of the achievements of Western capitalism, they would not mind the low efficiency of their own plants and farms.

The Left, the Right, and the State

BooksJanuary 3, 2009
Lew Rockwell's new manifesto is a clarion call — creative and thought-provoking on every page — for a principled liberty in our time...

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The Betrayal of the American Right

BooksSeptember 13, 2007
Rothbard identifies a movement he calls the “Old Right.” This was a libertarian movement that included Albert Jay Nock, H. L. Mencken, and John T. Flynn...

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A Libertarian Critique of Intellectual Property

BooksJanuary 7, 2014
What is the status of intellectual property? Are patents and copyrights legitimate in a free society?

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Money, Bank Credit, and Economic Cycles

BooksMarch 15, 2006
The three years since the publication of the previous English edition of Money, Bank Credit, and Economic Cycles have seen a continuation of the economic recession process set in motion after the 2007 financial crisis. This process has consisted of the inevitable microeconomic readjustment and...

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Accent On The Right

BooksJanuary 11, 2013
In this work dedicated to the memory of Frédéric Bastiat (1801-1850), Leonard E. Read explores an array of themes such as the sources of human progress, the political consequences of not thinking for one’s self, and finding what is right and wrong...

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On Doing the Right Thing

BooksNovember 7, 2006
This wonderful collection of essays by Albert Jay Nock, first published in 1928, includes his "Anarchist's Progress," "Thoughts on Revolution," "The Decline of Conversation," and other classics by this great American essayist and influential libertarian thinker...

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For Blackberry Users out there ...

BlogDecember 1, 2005

who support patent law: I don't feel sorry for you: patent law is about to shut down the Blackberry service and ruin a great company. But I do feel sorry for RIM, the owners of Blackberry....

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