Saturday IP Must-Reads

Claude Shannon: The Man Who Turned Paper Into Pixels (via Farnam Street)

Not really exactly IP, but really important to understand the essential idea behind how computers work.

“Claude Shannon is the most important man you’ve probably never heard of. If Alan Turing is to be considered the father of modern computing, then the American mathematician Claude Shannon is the architect of the Information Age.”


Don’t Let the Disruption Hype Fool You: America Is Actually Getting Less Entrepreneurial (via New York Magazine)

“The country is getting less entrepreneurial. In aggregate, firms are aging. People are starting fewer new businesses, and older businesses are doing better than their younger competitors. For all the talk of “disruption” in today’s economy, it is better to be a big, old incumbent dinosaur than it is to be a lean, mean start-up.”


Bose sues Beats over patents for noise-canceling headphones (via Gigaom)

“In a complaint filed in Delaware federal court, Bose claimed that Beats’ “Studio Wireless” and other brands infringe on five patents related to noise canceling technology, and it is seeking damages and an injunction to stop Beats from selling the headphones.”


Does Spending Big on Research Pay Off for Tech Companies? Not Really. (via Re/Code)

“The result: Companies that spent the most on R&D tended to have shares that underperformed the markets over time, and also relative to those companies that spent less.”


Im-patent to innovate (via The Economist)

Paper available at the National Bureau of Economic Research

“a new NBER working paper* by Alberto Galasso of the Rotman School of Management and Mark Schankerman from the London School of Economics has found that the patent system is curtailing this tradition of progressive innovation…Critically, the authors report that this effect varies widely between fields. For patents in ‘complex’ fields, where products rely on numerous patents, including electronics, IT and biotechnology, subsequent citations more than tripled after a patent was invalidated. However, for ‘non-complex’ fields, in which the average product only embodies a few patents, the effect was insignificant.”


Stressed are the cheesemakers (via The Economist)

“…the European Union is trying to “claw back” food names that Americans consider generic but which Europeans believe should only apply to products made in specific bits of their continent. That includes feta, Parmesan and maybe even bologna.”


The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Adam Carolla’s Settlement with the Podcasting Troll (via EFF)