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by Michael Ho

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dove, dr pepper, ford, gm, hyundai


by Mike Masnick

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dsm, mental health, nimh, research

american psychiatric association


by Mike Masnick

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copyright, copyright trolls, errors, lawsuits, sloppy


by Mike Masnick

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copyright, copyright reform, data, evidence

(Mis)Uses of Technology

by Mike Masnick

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drm, html5




by Leigh Beadon

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patents, sponsored posts

When Startups Need More Lawyers Than Employees, The Patent System Isn't Working

from the do-the-math dept

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We've talked a lot about the tax on innovation that patent trolls create, which is well-known inside startup circles but often misunderstood by the broader public, thanks to the pro-innovation rhetoric of high-profile trolls like Intellectual Ventures. The conversation is getting more attention lately, especially with the recent news of Senator Schumer's patent reform bill which specifically aims to fight the patent troll problem, and this interview with an anonymous developer from a tech startup offers some perspective from someone who is directly affected by the issue.

Free Speech

by Tim Cushing

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