Patent Office trials undergo further scrutiny across government

By Michael Rosen As we have explored here on numerous occasions, the 2011 America Invents Act (AIA) established the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB) within the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as a cheaper, easier, and ....

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Evaluating World War II-era crisis innovation: My long-read Q&A with Daniel P. Gross

By James Pethokoukis & Daniel P. Gross Crises like World War II can give researchers the funding and public support necessary to make great breakthroughs in R&D, many of which have applicability far beyond the ....

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We’re going to need more energy. And that’s OK.

By James Pethokoukis So we have a big conflict. At least it seems that way.  More and more businesses are expressing a commitment to tackling climate change. And more and more businesses seem interested in ....

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5 questions for Tim Fernholz, Sara Seager, Stan Veuger, and Matt Weinzierl on US space exploration

By James Pethokoukis, Tim Fernholz, Sara Seager, Stan Veuger, & Matt Weinzierl Is a thriving space economy a real possibility in the future? How will geopolitics impact America’s involvement in outer orbit? Is returning to ....

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3 holes in the antitrust cases against Facebook

By Mark Jamison Wednesday was a tough day for 46 state attorneys general and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), who had filed antitrust lawsuits against Facebook in December 2020. On Wednesday, they got their first taste of Facebook’s ....

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Mobile app stores are economic engines. Should policymakers be redesigning them?

By Matt Au and Bret Swanson In recent weeks, at least nine US states have introduced legislation to regulate smartphone software platforms such as Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store. The bills follow ....

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What’s next for space exploration? My long-read Q&A with Tim Fernholz, Sara Seager, Stan Veuger, and Matt Weinzierl

By James Pethokoukis, Tim Fernholz, Sara Seager, Stan Veuger, & Matt Weinzierl It seems as though American interest in space is surging in ways we haven’t seen since the 1960s. What does this renewal mean ....

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Economic growth shouldn’t need a defense. But here you go, again.

By James Pethokoukis One might think that long-lasting and sustainable economic growth, driven by technological improvement and innovation, would be an obviously awesome thing. It helps humanity live longer and better. The impact of rapid ....

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Facebook, Google, and the battle over social media in Australia, part II

In the first post of this series, we examined the effect that internet platforms have had on traditional media firms and their revenues — and their diminished ability to create news content. Australia’s mandatory bargaining code requiring ....

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