Category Archives: intellectual property

More Counterfeit Drug Scaremongering

Are you worried about counterfeit drugs? According to the American Council on Science and Health, you certainly should be: Counterfeit drugs, including fake, substandard, adulterated or falsely labeled (“misbranded”) medicines, have become a real and growing threat to global health… … Continue reading

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Lies, Damn Lies, and Intellectual Property Statistics

Welcome, Julian Sanchez, to the Alice-in-Wonderland world of trying to track down widely-cited statistics to their original source! I tried and failed with counterfeiting statistics; Julian has now tried and failed with estimates of lost jobs and money due to … Continue reading

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Reforming the Patent System

It’s easy to miss amid the chaos, but the WSJ has an important story this morning on Nathan Myhrvold and his company, Intellectual Ventures. It helps to counteract the fluffy excitement of Malcom Gladwell, back in May, which always seemed … Continue reading

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Opening Brazilian Windows

Brazil has always felt the need to push back against the imposition of international intellectual property rights from the global powers in the US and Europe: it famously simply disregarded TRIPs and decided to manufacture its own antiretroviral drugs when … Continue reading

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The Cultural Permeation of Books and Music

Daniel Hall has "two beliefs about pop culture that initially sound incompatible": 1. There will never again be a musical act that attains the popularity and cultural permeation of the Beatles. 2. It is nigh inevitable that a book or … Continue reading

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Counterfeiting Statistics Watch, CFO Edition

Randy Myers has a 2200-word article on the economics of counterfeiting in CFO magazine, which displays none of the critical thinking for which the Economist Group is famous. Instead, it just regurgitates all the bullshit statistics which have been thoroughly … Continue reading

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Silly Counterfeiting Statistics, Bloomberg Edition

Oh, look! Another article filled with counterfeiting statistics! This one’s from Bloomberg, it’s 1,300 words long, and is the work of four journalists (Allan Dodds Frank, Jaime Hellman, Elizabeth Lopatto, and Wendy Soong) as well as four editors (Michael Waldholz, … Continue reading

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Where’s the IP in Finance?

Gillian Tett had an excellent article in the FT this weekend on innovation in the derivatives markets: I highly recommend you read it. She gets some great quotes: “It’s a strange business,” admits one senior banker. “First you make money … Continue reading

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Beware Skidmarks

A pair of sentences I’m sure Dan Ariely never thought he’d write (they appear in a blog entry about the uses of branding): I can’t just try to make myself feel better by imagining that I’m wearing Ferrari underwear. I … Continue reading

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Are More Patents Really a Good Thing?

Malcom Gladwell’s piece in the latest New Yorker, on Nathan Myhrvold and his company, Intellectual Ventures, is a rollicking good read. But once you’ve read it, it’s worth sobering yourself down a bit with John Gapper. For while Myhrvold and … Continue reading

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Counterfeiting Statistics: Still Atrocious

Do you remember the atrocious and disappointing OECD report on counterfeiting? Rather than come up with a realistic estimate for the value of counterfeits traded worldwide, it came out with a hugely exaggerated "ceiling" of $200 billion. All the same, … Continue reading

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Free Music: A Good Idea

Why is Marek Fuchs hating on Universal today? He says that the dumbest thing he’s seen on Wall Street this week, rating 95 on his Dumb-O-Meter, is Universal’s plan to give away its music over Nokia cellphones. Writes Fuchs: The … Continue reading

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Lessig at TED

A rare video of one of Larry Lessig’s legendary slide shows on copyright and creativity, this one from the TED conference in March. And this one comes with added Jesus! Enjoy.

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Counterfeiting: Much Less Prevalent Than You Think

The OECD counterfeiting report is now public, and only 18 months or so behind schedule! As you might recall, there was some pushback from OECD member states when they realized the report would peg global counterfeiting activity at only $200 … Continue reading

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Counterfeiting Statistics Update

Carl Bialik today joins the good fight against counterfeiting statistics. Welcome to the club, Carl! It can get a little bit lonely here, but at least we have truth on our side. Carl nicely fillets the latest OECD report on … Continue reading

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Richard Prince vs Louis Vuitton

Little did I know, when examining Richard Prince’s success in the art world, that he would become the latest artist to be swallowed up by the Louis Vuitton machine. He’s in illustrious company – Vuitton has worked in recent years … Continue reading

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Beware Copyright Statistics

Dean Baker is unimpressed by studies showing vast losses to the US economy from piracy of intellectual property. He picks on a Washington Post article by Frank Ahrens, which quotes a study concluding that "intellectual property piracy — theft of … Continue reading

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Intellectual Property Among Magicians

In my Q&A with Susan Scafidi, I asked about Jim Surowiecki’s assertion that the world of magic tricks manages to be innovative despite a lack of copyright protection. Susan replied that there might be no copyright protection, but that didn’t … Continue reading

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Susan Scafidi on Copyrighting Fashion

In the comments of my entry on knock-off fashion, Gerald Joseph told me to check out counterfeitchic.com before writing more on the issue of counterfeits and copies in the fashion industry. It turns out to be a wonderful site, full … Continue reading

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Knock-Off Fashion

I’m very happy that James Surowiecki has used his bully pulpit in the annual Style Issue of the New Yorker (perfect bound, with a Gucci ad on the outside back cover) to take a well-aimed potshot at the ridiculous (and … Continue reading

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When Counterfeits Increase Brand Value

Lauren Goldstein Crowe reminisces
today about the early days of Kate Spade:
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Dodgy Counterfeit Statistics, Software Edition

$500 million: that’s a lot of money. How much software is that?
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Digital Movie Datapoint of the Day

Could it possibly be that the movie studios are making more money than ever?
Maybe even because of, rather than despite, the explosion in digital
technologies?
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Clinton Stands Up to US Patent Bullies

If the next president of the World Bank is once again to be an American, George W Bush could do no better than to nominate his predecessor, Bill Clinton, to the job. Clinton’s bold Aids-drug initiative is one reason why.
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How To Monetize Your Brands

At the moment, if you want to buy Coca-Cola
the brand, say, the only way you can do that is by buying Coca-Cola the company.
Eddie Lampert, as well as the people behind the new Intellectual
Asset Finance Society
, would like to change that.
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