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Monthly Archives: May 2013

Business Insider’s Bizarre Take on Musks’s “Hyperloop”

Jay Yarrow at Business Insider just penned this piece about Elon Musk’s “hyperloop” concept. While I’m sure that Mr. Must has something very interesting up his sleeve, I just wanted to point out that the idea discussed in that article, an underground vacuum maglev system detailed in a 1972 RAND paper, is utter, fantastical nonsense. […]

Wired Misinterprets the Market Failure in Console Gaming

Wired had an article recently about the new Xbox One announcement. The Xbox One announcement has been really, really panned, and for a whole lot of good reasons. I won’t get into the details of all the criticisms, such as the fact that you may have to pay a subscription service to MSFT to play your […]

Contract Drafting: Software Development Agreements

Recently, I was presented with a form software development Agreement. I asked a junior associate to give it a markup for outstanding issues as a learning exercise. It reminded me that many critical areas of contract drafting are simply not taught in law school, so consider this a first in a series of tips and […]

Entertaining List of Prohibited Businesses for Credit Card Processors

Examining the Stripe TOS today, I discovered that they have a very long list of businesses that they will not service, including:(1) door-to-door sales, (2) offering substantial rebates or special incentives to the Cardholder subsequent to the original purchase, (3) negative response marketing, (4) engaging in deceptive marketing practices, (5) sharing Cardholder’s data with another […]

The Copyrightability of Databases

Recently, a colleague asked me about the copyrightability of information in a database, specifically, in this instance, a phonebook. My colleague wanted to know if you could claim copyright over a database: this is a really important question, as the internet is, by and large, a gigantic database. This is actually two separate questions: 1. […]

YCombinator and Rigged Roulette

YCombinator has been making a lot of headlines recently. I am a huge fan of their work, PG is the man,  and I think that they have a well earned reputation for being one of the most productive and successful incu-VC’s out there. However, I have to play the bear a bit here, and point […]

Pharma Patents: Some Interesting Numbers

Whenever people discuss the necessity of patents for the health of businesses, the most relied upon example of an industry that “requires” patents is the pharmaceutical industry. However, lots of research has been done to demonstrate that patents are not only as fundamentally necessary to pharma as most people think, but that the patent system […]

Some Interesting Patent Statistics from 2012 via StrutPatent

StrutPatent has some really great patent statistics. Let’s take a look at some of the more interesting numbers from 2012: The top 10 companies receiving patents were all tech companies, and they received a total of 27,930 patents, or almost exactly 10% of all patents granted.  The individual with most patents granted in 2012 is […]

Planet Money on Fashion and IP

Today, Planet Money discussed how they came up with the color for their new t-shirt. It is the latest in a (very) long running series on the Planet Money T-shirt project, which is very interesting. More can be read about the project here. While they have dug deep and delivered insights on many fascinating issues, such […]