Archive for the ‘Patent’ Category

The Hydrox Resurrection   Leave a comment


Summary: Planet Money tells the tale of a man trying to bring back the forgotten Hydrox brand.  Discussion includes close substitutes, trademarks, patents, brands, and what they communicate to consumers.

Original Air Date: September 18, 2015

Length: 19:46

Special thanks to twitter@TiemesEsther for recommending this podcast


Posted September 5, 2017 by audioecon in Patent, Planet Money, Utility

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The Fine Print   Leave a comment


Summary: Everybody at one point in their life has heard the term “Got to read the fine print”.  But what does that actually mean? Planet Money tells stories about what happens when you read the fine print, and how you can make money from it.

Original Air Date: March 31, 2017

Length: 19 minutes 32 seconds

Bell Wars   Leave a comment


Summary: Bells are heard every year at Christmas time, but you would have a hard time distinguishing the difference between the two main companies who make them.  Planet Money investigates how two bell companies were at war for decades over who’s bell sounded best.  As the war affected the sales, engineering, and legal sides of the business, this fierce competition has an unlikely result.

Original Air Date: December 14, 2016

Length: 19 minutes 28 seconds

The Miracle Apple   Leave a comment


Summary: Years ago, the only classifications for apples was based on color: red, green or yellow.  Planet Money discusses how one researcher from Minnesota changed the apple market by introducing an apple that was actually tasty for retail consumers.

Original Air Date: October 12, 2016

Length: 14 minutes 7 seconds

Discussion Question: By putting a patent or a trademark on a type of apple, how does that affect supply and demand? How does it affect competition in the market?

Why Legos Are So Expensive — And So Popular   Leave a comment


Summary: Why are Legos so popular? How has this toy-construction behemoth survived and out-strategized competitors even after their 1989 patent expiration?

Original Air Date: December 13, 2012

Length: 5 min

Costs of Prescription Drugs Spike   Leave a comment

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Summary: A look at the markets for prescription and generic drugs in the context of the impending patent expiration of a large portion of pharmaceuticals under the “patent cliff” of 2011. Discusses patents creating monopoly power for brand name drugs and compares that to the market for generics.

Length: 4:24 minutes

Original air date: November 4, 2009

Who Owns the Words That Come Out of Your Mouth?   Leave a comment

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Summary: A discussion of the use, intricacies, and reform of copyright law, set in the context of the dedicated use of copyright law by the estate of Winston Churchill. Includes an estimate of the cost per word to use Churchill quotes, and how higher prices per quote of Clementine Churchill result in  a reduction in the use of quotes from his wife. Also includes a discussion of the obstacles to business created by the system of copyright / intellectual property law in Britain.

Original air date: January 17, 2013

Length: 2:21


The Price of Things We Love   2 comments


Summary: Three short features highlight: (1) the impact on the publishing industry of the shift toward e-books; (2) why legos remain so popular and so expensive; and (3) the technological development and potential market implications of 3D printers.

Original air date: January 11, 2013

Length: 15:15