Monday, April 06, 2009

Ehrlich paper at Coalition for Patent Fairness: this dog won't hunt

The Coalition for Patent Fairness website has a paper by Everett Ehrlich about "job loss" if the patent damages aren't reformed.
LBE sent a comment to IAM:

The "jobs issue" is an interesting one. A question for Dr. Ehrlich is "where" the jobs would be.
Remember that the IT folks are placing more and more jobs in the third world, with IBM's recent cutback of US jobs something that is fresh in everyone's mind. Recall Craig Barrett's earlier remark which led to a tee-shirt with text: Intel CEO Craig Barrett cries about being called a Benidict Arnold CEO, says Americans are losing jobs for lack of math and science education. And, on a related front, Craig Barrett has already previewed lower expectations for us. [From the San Jose Mercury News: He [Barrett] was then asked, "Aren't we talking about an entire generation of lowered expectations in the United States for what an individual entering the job market will be facing?"
"It's tough to come to another conclusion than that," said Barrett. "If you see this increased competition for jobs, the immediate response to competition is lower prices, and that's lower wage rates."]

Ehrlich's dog won't hunt.

The text of the paper on the Coalition website did not mention Ehrlich's background. One Everett Ehrlich has campaign contributions to Al Franken, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Al Gore.

See also

Is the US Patent Reform Act's damages compromise consensus unravelling already? [S.515] [tee shirt]

**UPDATE. Felons for Franken? -->

The six-month election recount that turned former "Saturday Night Live" comedian Al Franken into a U.S. senator may have been decided by convicted felons who voted illegally in Minnesota's Twin Cities.

That's the finding of an 18-month study conducted by Minnesota Majority, a conservative watchdog group, which found that at least 341 convicted felons in largely Democratic Minneapolis-St. Paul voted illegally in the 2008 Senate race between Franken, a Democrat, and his Republican opponent, then-incumbent Sen. Norm Coleman.



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