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[News] Intellectual Monopolies Under Attack as a Whole

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Time to rethink intellectual property laws?

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| Conversely, there is widespread anecdotal evidence that the act created a 
| mind-set among many researchers that their knowledge represents a potential 
| goldmine not to be shared with potential competitors (i.e. those working in 
| other universities) - at least until it has been protected by a patent 
| application.    
| Similarly, the act has led to a flood of “upstream” patents on basic 
| scientific knowledge, leading to what some commentators describe as a 
| virtually impenetrable “patent thicket” blocking small-scale inventors from 
| marketing their products. For example, restrictive software patents limit 
| further development and commercialisation in the field of information 
| technology.     


Nokia, Qualcomm Move Forward With Non-Patent-Fight-Based Relationship

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| Qualcomm and Nokia have been involved in a long-running series of patent 
| disputes over chips in mobile phones. The two companies settled the bulk of 
| their disputes last summer, with Nokia throwing a chunk of change at Qualcomm 
| and the two making nice.   


Patent Hoarding Firms Discover The ITC Loophole

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| We've been discussing the ITC loophole, that allows patent holders to get two 
| cracks at charging a company with infringement over the same patent (using 
| different rules) for a while now. Patent holders can sue in court and they 
| can complain to the International Trade Commission, which has the power to 
| issue an injunction, barring the import of any "infringing" products. Even 
| worse, the ITC doesn't necessarily need to follow the rules set forth by the 
| Supreme Court over what is and what is not infringing.      



The Chinese Overlords of Intellectual Monopolies

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| In the 19th century, America was a by-word for piracy of British ideas. In
| the 20th century, as its industry developed, it embraced intellectual
| monopolies, and became the most fervent advocate of maximalist legal regimes.
| In the 20th century, China was a by-word for piracy of American ideas. In the
| 21st century, as its industry developed, it embraced intellectual monopolies,
| and became their stoutest defender. The news story above is but the trickle
| that presages the torrent.
| Soon, America will be deluged with such suits, as China tries to leverage its
| huge industrial power. The consequence? America will become one of the most
| fervent advocates for *minimalist* intellectual property regimes. Yes, you
| read that correctly: just wait.

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