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How can the US President create a waiver for patent enforcement?

According to a recent statement by the US Trade Representative: “This is a global health crisis, and the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures. The ...
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Why do patents last for only 20 years but copyright can potentially last for more than 150 years?

There's currently a weird legal situation where massively complex bodies of engineering/research work are only protected for 20 years through patents, but a simple drawing can be protected for 70 ...
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How would a libertarian government deal with intellectual property?

In a libertarian society, the government is highly discouraged from interfering with the free market, if it is even capable of doing so. In this case, where does that leave Intellectual Property? If ...
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Is there any way I request a copy of any of my phone calls the US government has recorded over the years?

We learned through the Snowden revelations that the United States government was surveilling nearly every person in the United States and in a handful of other countries via drag-net methods. I was ...
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Why are there juries in the patent litigation cases in the U.S.?

Why are there juries in the patent litigation cases in the U.S.? There was a jury in the Samsung v Apple case, and I recall that none of the jury had an expertise in patent law. Is there a political ...
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If China is as good as other developing countries at protecting IP, why is the U.S. administration labelling China as a trade cheat?

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/04/us-trade-hawks-exaggerate-chinas-threat/587536/ I was reading this article and read that China is not any different in regards to other developing ...
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Why does not government invest into open source projects?

Maybe I am wrong. But what I have seen so far: There is huge demand for further development of open source tools, of course, they are free to use and help businesses. There are some business models ...
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Is Libertarianism in favor of intellectual property rights? [duplicate]

Related to this question on libertarianism on monopolies, how do libertarians in the USA, as represented by the Libertarian Party, view copyright and patent protections?
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If China is forcing U.S. firms to hand over technology, why hasn't the U.S. taken China to the WTO and filed a complaint?

The U.S. keeps saying that China is forcing its companies to hand over technology, but then if it's the case as they say, then why didn't the U.S. take China to the WTO in order to complain about it? ...
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Do military company have to talk to the U.S. government before they apply for a patent?

Do military company have to talk to the U.S. government before they apply for a patent? Sometimes, it makes more sense to keep a technology secret instead of applying the technology in a patent office....
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When was the last time the US Government openly voiced support for waiving a private company's intellectual property protections?

According to a recent statement by the US Trade Representative: “This is a global health crisis, and the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic call for extraordinary measures. The ...
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IPR disputes between US/China

It had been stated that intellectual rights were compromised during manufacture of US originated products contracted to be made in China during globalization. Why are the allegations not taken as a ...
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How can a libertarian oppose private property such as cookies? [closed]

I have heard the argument that is made (usually) for a plot of land. We deprived someone of it, therefore it's wrong under libertarian principles. But what about newly generated property, like ...