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Intellectual Property and Magicians

Jacob Loshin has an interesting draft paper on intellectual property among magicians. Stage magic is a form of technology, relying on both apparatus and technique to mislead the audience about what is really happening. As in any other technical field, innovations are valuable, and practitioners look for ways to cash in on their inventions. They do this, according to Loshin, without much use of intellectual property law.

This makes magic, like cuisine and clothing design, a thriving field that operates despite a lack of strong legal protection for innovation. Recently legal scholars have started looking harder at such fields, hoping to find mechanisms that can support innovation without the cost and complexity of conventional intellectual property law, and wondering how broadly those alternative mechanisms might be applied.

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Posted: June 9th, 2010
at 7:18pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: fo' real?,trademark & copyright

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Mapping Innovation Clusters

Juan Alcacer, Harvard Business School and New York University, on mapping innovation clusters.

Click here to see this snapshot of an interactive chart that tracks the number, growth, and diversity of patents issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office from 1997 to 2006, defining clusters based on the location of each of the inventors.

Innovation clusters around the world can be classified based on their growth and diversity dynamics: ‘hot springs’ are small, fast-growing hubs on track to become world players; ‘dynamic oceans’ consist of large and vibrant ecosystems with contonuous creation and destruction of new businesses; ‘silent lakes’ are older, slower-growing hubs with a narrow range of large established companies; ‘shrinking pools’ have been unable, so far, to expand beyond their start-up core and so find themselves slowly migrating down the value chain.>

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Posted: June 4th, 2010
at 2:25pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: entrepreneurship,trademark & copyright

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Who is Noah Webster?

Noah Webster, the father of royalties, introduced more than 12,000 words into the American vocabulary and changed the endings of common words like honour, to fit a more distinct cultural American appreciation. He also under the new American constitution passed in 1789, was able to pass a new national copyright law, which was to serve the people’s interests against the large publishing houses of the time.>

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Posted: June 4th, 2010
at 2:06pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: who is?,trademark & copyright

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