Innovation: The Cotton Gin, Speed Dating, and the Patent System

After graduating from Yale with no family fortune, Eli Whitney headed South to become a tutor in 1792. In the right place at the right time, he saw the missing link in cotton production. Whitney realized that the US cotton crop…

Patent Troll Protection

We spray “OFF!” for insect protection, divers use shark repellent, and now, Google has purchased Motorola to resist patent trolls. Described in an NPR This American Life podcast, patent trolls purchase multiple patents with the intent of suing any firm…