One of my favourite podcasts is This American Life (TAL) from National Public Radio in the US. It’s a one-hour weekly radio show hosted by the charming and highly crush worthily Ira Glass.
Recently TAL dedicated an entire episode to patents. Or more accurately to the disruptive nature of patents and patent trolls. US Patents were originally intended to support entrepreneurs but in their current state actually stifle creativity and innovation. With patent lawyers in the US estimating that just about anything invented now will violate current patents. Including toast or rather the thermal refreshing of bread. US Patent Number 6080436 issued in 2000. They estimate that 30% of US Patents are for things that have already been invented.
Head down the patent rabbit hole here
Blog: Planet Money
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