Novartis Ruling In India Could Spark Larger Movement Against Patent Trolling

By: Tuesday April 2, 2013 6:22 am

So let’s say you are a leading multinational pharmaceutical company and you have a blockbuster cancer drug. You patent the drug, make tremendous profits, but now the clock is ticking and the patent is set to expire. What do you do? If you are Novartis and your blockbuster cancer drug is Gleevec you are going [...]

Apple-Samsung Trial: Another Loss for Consumers

By: Saturday August 25, 2012 9:12 am

By way of disclosure, let me say that I own a Samsung Galaxy II and I love it. But others may not get the same opportunity after Apple won a $1.05 billion verdict in what was described in technology circles as the trial of the century. The jury in San Jose, California, not far from [...]

Patent Reform’s Done, So Let the Job Valhalla Commence!

By: Friday September 9, 2011 7:40 am

In a way, I’m not sure why the President made a jobs speech to Congress yesterday at all. Clearly all of our job worries have been solved with the passage of a patent reform bill: As expected, the U.S. Senate passed patent reform legislation by a vote of 89 to 9 on Thursday evening, paving [...]

Congress Returns to Session Amid High Negatives and Much Despair

By: Tuesday September 6, 2011 7:30 am

Congress is back on the job today, at least in the Senate. The House just had to have one more day off to refresh them for the ideological agenda-setting ahead. The return to session comes at a time when polls show a total collapse in confidence in Congress’ ability to do their job, and a [...]

Obama Administration Plans Round of Trans-Pacific Free Trade Agreement Talks

By: Thursday September 1, 2011 6:50 am

Jon Huntsman’s economic plan should dispel any rumors of his moderation. It eliminates the Earned Income Tax and the child tax credit to pay for a reduction of the top marginal tax rate to 23%. I don’t think I need to go any further. It’s a reverse-Robin Hood special. And he’s barely scraping past 1% [...]

White House Has Several Unused Options When It Comes to Jobs

By: Thursday August 4, 2011 7:35 am

As Dick Polman writes today, the Obama Administration put themselves in a box on jobs that will be difficult to emerge from. While the spending cuts in the near term are not all that large, the very real shift to austerity on practical and rhetorical terms means that legitimate job creation programs are right out. [...]

US Political System Gets Downgraded, Failure to Deal With Economy the Reason

By: Wednesday August 3, 2011 6:50 am

Moody’s has joined Fitch in declining to downgrade the US credit rating after passage of the debt limit deal, though they still have the US on a negative outlook. This means Standard and Poor’s can play their little game and it won’t functionally matter, because the other two agencies still have the US at triple-A. [...]

The Big Pivot

By: Tuesday August 2, 2011 12:18 pm

The President’s address fell mainly in line with what he’s been saying over the past several weeks: with the debt limit deal, a “manufactured crisis” in his words, put to bed, now the good and wise and responsible members of Congress can get to work on a jobs package to put America back to work. [...]

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