Pokémon Go: A New Frontier for Property Rights
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 9:15 am
By Brady Wilson
Pokémon Go has shattered records for the most played game in United States history, but the game is breaking ground in other areas as well. The game which combines the virtual and physical world sends players out into the streets to chase Pokémon and battle at gyms. The game has been successful in getting kids off the couch and outside. The frenzy has become so much that when a rare Pokémon appeared in Central Park, players stampeded across busy streets, crowding into the park for a chance to catch the elusive Vaporeon. This revolutionary game brings to light the question, who owns the virtual property of a physical place?
Intellectual Property is Big for Small Business
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 2:28 pm
By Brady Wilson & Lorenzo Montanari
The future of intellectual property will be essential for the future of the United States. In a country that prides itself on its entrepreneurial drive, providing protection for ideas and developments will be crucial for businesses to compete. While many assume that intellectual property is for large companies, in many ways the little guys are the businesses who truly benefit from strong IP protection.
UN Adopts Proposals Harmful to Patients and Intellectual Property Rights
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 4:06 pm
By Brady Wilson
On July 1 a number of developing countries pushed the United States, at the UN Human Rights Council, to adopt a resolution that would increase access to medicine at the expense of intellectual property protections. Immediately, the UK, Switzerland, and the EU voiced their concerns stating that patents are crucial for innovation and are not linked to increased prices. The UK delegate even called it premature and an inefficient use of resources for the UN Human Rights Council to call for its own panel to address access to medicines before the current High Level Panel even delivers its findings, and this issue is outside the remit of the Human Rights Council.