antitrust charges against Google. I suspect the ironies aren’t lost on Google: (1) Its service is so good that it is the first source of information for about 90% of search users in Europe; (2) It is so pervasive that users have verbed its name; (3) Such great success makes it a target for European antitrust regulators; and (4) It is in the business of providing bad news about itself. In case you haven’t been watching, after five years of investigation, the EU brought charges against Google for what the EU calls search bias. In a nutshell, the European regulators claim that Google gives systematic favorable treatment to its own comparison shopping service in its general search results.
those days, the president himself affixed his dramatic signature to the very first “letters patent”: Samuel Hopkins’s “Improvement,” which consisted of “the making of Pot ash and Pearl ash by a new Apparatus and Process,” an invention our nation’s father personally deemed to be “in pursuance of the act, entitled ‘An Act to promote the Progress of useful Arts.’” Nowadays, the US Patent Office director and her delegates assess whether various claimed inventions truly comport with the patent statutes, while Congress and the president in turn ensure that those statutes align with the principles and ideals of the American system of innovation. In particular, last week lawmakers continued to consider modifying the original Congress’s patent legislation into a form less congenial to abuse by so-called “patent trolls,” also known as “patent assertion entities” (PAEs).