Economics, U.S. Economy

Banter #112: The patent problem

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On the latest episode of Banter, we talk all things patents! Timothy Lee, a reporter at the Washington Post, sits down to discuss where policy and patents meet. Are patents stifling innovation in the technology sector? What can companies do when they’re confronted with patent trolls? What are the solutions on the table for patent reform? Tim brings years of expertise covering the issue area. Fluent in both technology and patent policy, he gives a broad overview of the many issues that advocates and regulators are wrestling with. You don’t have to be an inventor waiting on a patent application to appreciate the importance of the topic. Patents policy is at the core of how our society thinks about innovation, entrepreneurship, and property rights. You can listen the podcast by heading over to our site and if you like what you hear you can subscribe on iTunes here. Enjoy!

4 thoughts on “Banter #112: The patent problem

  1. Not too bad but I think that Stephan Kinsella would be an even better interview on the subject of patents. While he will make the utilitarian argument about patents his main position is principle based and unassailable.

  2. What is the big deal? Why should patents stand in the way of further innovations? Look how advanced the financial sector has gotten. Did they do it by assuming risks? Of course not and this should be instructive for dealing with patent holders. Simply set up a window at the Fed, Financial Utilization of Covered Knowledge, and pay the patent holders. If the innovation is productive, the enterprise is successful. If the innovation does not pan out, the Fed merely adds it to its balance sheet. Problem solved.

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