Private Property Rights and Locke
Friday, August 30, 2013 11:58 am | By Rachelle Korinko

We, here at PRA, have been spending a lot of time promoting arguments for strong intellectual property rights. This is mostly because of the state of the world we live in, technology is constantly being innovated and new entrepreneurs and inventors need IP protections as incentives for continuing to develop the goods that allow us to remain connected. Furthermore, technology improves our lives in ways that would have been unimaginable in the 1400s up through the late 1800s. The great advances are, in part, due to well-developed IP protection. However, these protections would have never come about if society wasn’t fully dedicated to protecting private, physical property rights. 

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Even without the Text the Apparent Goals of the TPP make it a Worthwhile Pursuit
Monday, August 5, 2013 5:54 pm | By Rachelle Korinko

Thursday August 1st, the House Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade under the Committee of Foreign Affairs held a hearing on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is a free trade agreement; there are currently 12 countries participating in the agreement, including the US. Like all free trade agreements the goal of the TPP is to promote trade with our mostly Asian and Oceanic trading partners by lowering tariffs and regulations in order to stimulate job growth and create wealth.   

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When it comes to the Patent Office, the US Needs a Serious Upgrade
Friday, August 2, 2013 6:22 pm | By Rachelle Korinko


Last week (July 25th) the House Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet held a hearing on the importance of copyright for individuals and small businesses, this week the same subcommittee held a hearing on how technology plays an important role in innovating. For this panel there were five witnesses; Danae Ringelmann of Indiegogo, Jim Fruchterman of Benetech, Nathan Seidle of Sparkfun Electronics, Inc., Rakesh Agrawal of SnapStream Media, and Van Lindberg of Rackspace. Each of the witnesses brings a different industry and business model to the table, but despite those variations all of them come to agree on particular aspects of the current patent and IP protection system that need to be altered.


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