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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