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Nabisco-Mexico Oreo caper exposes failed U.S. trade & labor policies

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(Rick Manning) – I am a big fan of Heritage Foundation as a whole and agree with their analysis a vast majority of the time, but a recent Contributors piece by Bryan Riley extolling the virtues of trade was wrong factually in creating anecdotal evidence to support his theory. This is …

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Google Books Allowed To Continue After Supreme Court Rejects Authors Guild Appeal

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(Consumerist.com) – After more than a decade of legal back-and-forth, the issue of whether or not Google Books — which allows users to search the texts of millions of scanned books — violates copyright law has been settled (for now), as the U.S. Supreme Court today refused to hear an …

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$85 Million Patent Verdict, Largest Ever Against Google, Wiped Out On Appeal

Google nearly had to pay $85 million over a 1996 patent to cover Android's push notifications. (Courtesy: Ars Technica)

Patent describes a failed company’s 1996 desktop notification system. (Joe Mullin, Ars Technica) – In 2014, an East Texas jury ordered Google to pay $85 million to SimpleAir, a “patent troll” company with no business beyond enforcing its patents. It was a massive victory for the company, which claimed that Google’s use of push notifications in Android phones infringed …

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New bill designed to stop egregious venue shopping by patent trolls

Norvegian Troll. (Courtesy: R Street Institute)

  (Nathan Leamer, R Street Institute) – Abusive patent litigation siphons tens of billions of dollars from the economy every year. In addition to burdening American entrepreneurs with lost revenues and great uncertainty, the scourge of frivolous lawsuits depletes funds that otherwise could have used toward research and development, venture-capital investment, …

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Setting the Record Straight on Fracking

THOMAS J. DONOHUE President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce In the hunt for primary election votes, the truth sometimes suffers. This election cycle the truth about hydraulic fracturing certainly has. The debate wasn’t helped recently by the administration, which will use its waning days to develop new methane emissions …

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Missing Ingredient from Professor’s Sugar Program Rant: Facts

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  (Chuck Muth) – Like clockwork, hysteria-inducing, sky-is-falling op-eds appear every Halloween claiming the U.S. sugar program is driving up the cost of trick-or-treats.  And every Christmas delivers similar wails of woe over the rising cost of candy canes.  Ditto Valentine’s Day chocolates and Easter jelly beans. But it’s all bunk. …

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There is no place for blatant forum shopping in patent litigation

Blatant forum shopping in patent litigation

(Dana Rao, IPWatchdog.com) – Of the 3,604 patent infringement suits filed in 2015, almost 40 percent (1,387) were brought in the Eastern District of Texas. What is so special about the Eastern District of Texas to warrant this flood of patent litigation? Is it a hotbed of innovation? Is it home to …

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Growing Number of Voters Casting “Stink Eyes” on Unfair Free Trade

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  (Chuck Muth) – Folks looking for bipartisanship should look at the free trade issue, as Republicans – normally predisposed to support free trade – are increasingly joining with Democrats in giving such agreements the ol’ stink eye. The shift in GOP sentiment on the issue has been moving slowly but …

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Is Google Really Stealing Books It Should Be Paying For?

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    (Chuck Muth) – I think it’s fair to say that Seton Motley of Less Government is not a big fan of the “Googlization” of the world. “So infamous is Google’s Internet search engine,” Seton recently wrote with distress, “it has achieved Kleenex-esque near-name-ubiquity.” Not being the wordsmith Seton …

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Venue Reform Critical to Improving Patent Guidelines in the United States

(Michi Iljazi) – The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) recently placed Congress on notice reminding them of the opportunity for and importance of getting something done on patent litigation reform. Reforms would help to strengthen intellectual property (IP), which would boost the competitive economy all while benefitting consumers, businesses and taxpayers. As …

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