Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Yale Law School to network for intellectual property knowledge

Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh says Yale Law should be a place where many scholars from many places interact and collaborate to advance new ideas. “The best thing is to bring as many ideas as possible in and let this network of informed people sort it out.” Sounds something like peer-to-patent [?]

Of course, Mark Lemley was in on the action: “Yale has lagged behind in this respect [IP],” said Stanford Law professor Mark Lemley, who specializes in this area. “Intellectual property and Internet law issues are among the hottest issues in law schools and in practice today.”

Mark Lemley, who is not a registered patent attorney, wrote in the Stanford Law Review that Gary Boone invented the integrated circuit. In the land of the blind, the man with one eye is king.

Of other interesting views of history, from Brit Hume -->

While the focus has been on Sarah Palin since she was announced as John McCain's running mate, Barack Obama's number two has had quite a run. Joe Biden told CBS he thought an Obama campaign ad mocking John McCain as a computer illiterate was "terrible." Later, after actually seeing the ad, Biden said it was OK.

Then, Biden spoke of President Franklin Roosevelt's having gone on television after the stock market crash of 1929. But Roosevelt was not president in 1929, and television was not present.

Biden also said neither he nor Obama supports clean coal technology in America. But Obama does support clean coal. Obama also said of Biden's instant criticism of the government's big loan to insurance to AIG, "I think Joe should have waited ..."

Earlier, Biden said Hillary Clinton may have been a better vice presidential pick than he and said that paying more taxes is the patriotic duty of the rich. And, he encouraged wheelchair-bound Missouri State Senator Chuck Graham to stand up at a campaign rally.

AP noted:

"When the stock market crashed, Franklin D. Roosevelt got on the television and didn't just talk about the, you know, the princes of greed. He said, 'Look, here's what happened,'" Barack Obama's running mate recently told the "CBS Evening News."
Except, Republican Herbert Hoover was in office when the stock market crashed in October 1929. There also was no television at the time; TV wasn't introduced to the public until a decade later, at the 1939 World's Fair.

FDR was elected three years later when voters denied Hoover a second term. The Democratic challenger appealed to the "forgotten man" by promising a "new deal" to solve the Depression era.
[IPBiz notes that the AP story does not say whether Couric corrected Biden; now that would be networking.]

One blog wrote:

Katie Couric didn't call him on it.

So, was she a) being polite, b) in the tank for the Dems and didn't want to point it out or c) didn't even see a problem with anything he said, being as historically ignorant as he is?

I think it's either (b) or (c), which are pretty much mutually exclusive, and I'm not sure which is worse. And I think that (c) is the most likely.


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