2014 ruling held that an invention must involve something “significantly more” than a mere natural phenomenon, abstract idea, or law of nature in order to merit patent protection.
alleged breaches of Australian consumer protection law. Papers were filed just days after the same authority delivered its final determination preventing Australia’s “Big Four” trading banks from collaborating to negotiate a single agreement with Apple for the introduction of Apple Pay into Australia.
The New York Times ran an op-ed arguing that leading technology companies such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon have grown so big they must be regulated or broken up. The piece is just the latest bit of punditry to allege these companies are ripe for antitrust interventions, but Jonathan Taplin makes a particularly problematic assertion in the piece, arguing that "it is impossible to deny that Facebook, Google and Amazon have stymied innovation on a broad scale." Regardless of whether you believe these companies raise legitimate competition concerns, this broad assertion is fatally flawed and reveals a lack of understanding of why these companies have been so successful.
at night and in bad weather. It is therefore now time for policymakers to identify the criteria under which they would allow self-driving cars without humans at the wheel.