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Josh Peterson is a writer and award-winning reporter focusing on technology, politics, culture, and national security. His current areas of interest include Internet governance, intellectual property, civil liberties, space, minority issues, climate and the environment, surveillance, cybersecurity, energy, and artificial intelligence. A contributor to Watchdog.org, he is currently a Robert Novak Journalism Program Fellow and previously served as Watchdog.org's national technology reporter and the Daily Caller's tech editor.

Experts deride conclusions of FTC patent-assertion study

By   /  November 25, 2016  /  Federal Government, News, Patents, Technology  /  No Comments

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Intellectual property experts are calling into question the policy recommendations made by the Federal Trade Commission’s three-year study on patent lawsuits, saying the recommendations do not fit with the data. The FTC published the findings of its study examining the behavior of patent assertion entities, often pejoratively referred to by critics as “patent trolls,” at […]

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Intellectual property rights have long history in constitutional law

By   /  October 26, 2016  /  Federal Government, Intellectual Property, Judiciary, Patents  /  No Comments

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As modern digital technology continues to evolve, creating new industries while pushing the boundaries of the old, understanding the role intellectual property plays in society becomes ever more important. Much focus has been given to how big companies use modern intellectual property law to have content removed from sites such as YouTube or Google. But […]

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Study: Intellectual property rights add value to economy

By   /  October 4, 2016  /  Federal Government, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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Do intellectual property rights such as patents, copyrights and trademarks promote or hinder economic growth? A review of the data continues to suggest that strong intellectual property law is helpful to a country’s economy. Eighty-one IP-intensive industries are significant creators and drivers of value to the nation and the global economy, according to a new […]

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A decade of court decisions has shaken the basis of patent law

By   /  August 22, 2016  /  Federal Government, Judiciary, Technology  /  No Comments

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Earlier this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court made it easier for patent holders to seek larger damage awards when their patents are infringed. For patent watchers, however, the high court’s ruling was only just the latest in a particularly active decade of major patent litigation. Beginning in 2006, the Supreme Court ruled that holders who […]

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Ayotte: Patent protection fundamental to small business economy

By   /  July 22, 2016  /  New Hampshire, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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New Hampshire Republican Kelly Ayotte has been a consistent defender of intellectual property rights since her election to the Senate in 2010. Ayotte has appeared and worked with a wide range of small-business and inventors’ groups, including the Intellectual Property Owners Association, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), the New Hampshire High […]

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Corporations push for ‘trade secrets’ protection while trying to weaken patents

By   /  June 17, 2016  /  Federal Government, News, Technology  /  No Comments

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WASHINGTON – Lawmakers might believe recent changes to the patent system were done in the name of protecting the individual inventor, but critics argue that the field has actually been tilted in favor of large multinational corporations. That was the message from patent holders, venture capitalists, academia, the biotechnology industry and patent attorneys who met June 10 at […]

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