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|Date||Tuesday October 25|
|Time||7:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
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SMUD Customer Service Center, 6301 “S” St., just west of 65th. Handicapped parking right in front of the building. Plenty of additional parking immediately across S Street. The 65th Street light rail station is just on the other side of 65th. You must check in with the security guard before going to the discussion. The guard can direct you to our room for the evening. (They have it under “Marxist School.”)
|info [at] marxistschool.org|
|Address||P.O. Box 160564, Sacramento, CA 95816|
Tues, Oct. 25, Patently Absurd: Are patents inherently bad? What would be a good use of patent protection? Would we need patents under socialism?
See http://www.marxistschool.org for a link to NPR’s "This American Life" hosted by Ira Glass. This episode features a company called Intellectual Ventures, a collection of shell companies without employees in the East Texas town of Marshall. All these companies do is sue other companies that manufacture items that are related to the patents the shell companies own. The judge in Marshall forms juries that favor patent holders, even if they’ve neither invented nor manufactured a damn thing.
-- you can choose PLAY to listen to the podcast: or read the transcript:
•Patent Fundamentalists Threaten the Future of the Planet by Mark Weisbrot
•In Patents We Trust: How the U.S. Government Learned to Stop Worrying about Monopoly and Love Intellectual Property, by Michael Perelman.
•The Political Economy of Intellectual Property, by Michael Perelman.
•Monopoly and Competition in Twenty-First Century Capitalism By John Bellamy Foster, Robert W. McChesney and R. Jamil Jonna.