Trademark protection gone wrong, U.S. Olympic Committee edition

Lynne Kiesling The U.S. Olympic Committee is starting to beat the drum for the London 2012 Olympics, 36 days to go! But their long-standing aggressive enforcement of their “Olympic” trademark has alienated an unlikely group of potential Olympics fans and TV viewers: knitters. Yes, knitters (of which I am one). At the knitting social network … More Trademark protection gone wrong, U.S. Olympic Committee edition

Alex Tabarrok on innovation, barriers to it, and the warfare-welfare state

Lynne Kiesling I was glad Mike mentioned Alex Tabarrok’s recent Launching the Innovation Renaissance in his recent post on the Honeywell-Next patent lawsuit, because reading Alex’s new TED book was on my to-do list for this past weekend. Alex’s focus in this book is U.S. innovation policy and ways that we could improve the institutional … More Alex Tabarrok on innovation, barriers to it, and the warfare-welfare state

Honeywell International Inc. claims Nest thermostat infringes on patents in federal court lawsuit

Michael Giberson Economist Alex Tabarrok, author of Launching the Innovation Renaissance and Marginal Revolution blogger, worries that the proliferation of patents is stifling innovation, particularly patents for business processes. In an interview with Russ Roberts for EconTalk, Tabarrok remarked that large companies like Apple, Microsoft and Google building up massive numbers of patents mostly to … More Honeywell International Inc. claims Nest thermostat infringes on patents in federal court lawsuit

Boldrin, Romer, and Roberts on intellectual property

Lynne Kiesling I’ve had a lovely morning catching up on some of Russ Roberts’ EconTalk podcasts. In particular, I listened back-to-back to Michele Boldrin discussing intellectual property and Paul Romer discussing growth, including intellectual property institutions, with Russ. As the show notes for the Boldrin podcast note, “Boldrin argues that copyright and patent are used … More Boldrin, Romer, and Roberts on intellectual property