The U.S. Army’s War Against the Vegas Golden Knights

A college and the U.S. Army are trying to prevent the Vegas Golden Knights from getting a trademark. About much more than a hockey team, the dispute involves how much we control our name. The Three Golden Knights As an…

New Figure Skating Music…But Who Pays?

Now that music with words can accompany Olympic figure skating, there is less classical music, more hip-hop and Beyoncé, and some questions about intellectual property rights.

Weekly Roundup: From Super Bowl Spending to Puerto Rican Subsidies

This week’s economic news summary includes disputes about Kobe Bryant and intellectual property, Puerto Rican and Super Bowl subsidies, and deficit worries.

Deciding Who Owns LeBron’s Tattoo

A Manhattan court will decide if tattoos on NBA athletes like LeBron James can have a copyright that protects artists’ intellectual property rights.

Our Weekly Roundup: From Cheap Gas to Expensive Soda

This week’s everyday economics stories include subsidies, human capital, game theory, price controls, inelastic demand, and monopolistic competition.

How to Own the Word How

The courts will decide intellectual property rights when they say whether Dov Seidman can trademark the word How and stop Chobani from using How Matters.

A Bow Tie Patent

Having said that jackets and dresses cannot be patented or copyrighted, I was fascinated to learn that a bow tie once had one. During the 1950s, the clothing retailer Brooks Brothers had patented their bow tie technology. A recent WSJ…