Archive for the ‘Patent’ Category

The Miracle Apple   Leave a comment

honeycrisp-5c3b641931b075344e3419366ffbd570686d8cee-s1600-c85-jfifLink: http://www.npr.org/sections/money/2016/10/12/497697621/episode-627-the-miracle-apple

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

legosLink: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2012/12/13/167055503/why-legos-are-so-expensive-and-so-popular

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

pharma patentsLink: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120624314

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

freak mouthLink: http://www.freakonomics.com/2013/01/17/who-owns-the-words-that-come-out-of-your-mouth-a-new-freakonomics-radio-podcast/

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

 

Posted May 20, 2013 by audioecon in Freakonomics, Government, Monopoly, Patent, Regulation

The Price of Things We Love   2 comments

3in1Link: http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/01/11/169150969/episode-429-the-price-of-things-we-love

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