This Week in Intellectual Property, February 19th

This Week in Intellectual Property, February 19th

Rent Check

How beneficial is the mandatory disclosure requirement for US patent filers? Using data from WWII, when the US implemented a patent secrecy program, Daniel Gross shows that restrictions on patent information reduced future innovation and restricted access to commercial products.

Alfonso Ribiero, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air‘s Carlton, is denied copyright for his signature “Carlton Dance.”


News and Commentary

AEI’s Michael Rosen on the “improving” intellectual property climate of China. As more Chinese firms invest in research and development, he argues the PRC needs stronger IP enforcement.

Jason Koebler on how a YouTube star is using copyright laws to keep an embarrassing video offline.

Joseph R. Antos on lowering prescription drug prices. In a statement to the House Committee on Ways and Means, Antos offers some policy options to lower prices, including increasing supply competition, introducing rebates, and a discount system for preferred purchasers.

Public Citizen targets the law firm Higbee and Associates for its history of copyright trolling.

Joe Mullin of the Electronic Frontier Foundation responds to comments made by the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office which attempted to downplay the damage done by patent trolls.

They’re not gonna take it: Twisted Sister is suing an Australian Politician for copyright infringement for using their hit song in a political advertisement.

Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE) were announced as the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property.

The US is the world leader in drug innovation, but that has been accompanied by high prices. Scott W. Atlas proposes some policies that would result in lower prices without hampering new research.


New Research

Researchers writing for VoxEU analyze the role of digital crowdfunding platforms in the innovation process. They find that these platforms help provide funding for women and young researchers, as well as for risky projects.

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