Does today’s patent regime operate in the name of progress, or instead, it sets innovation back?

http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21660522-ideas-fuel-economy-todays-patent-systems-are-rotten-way-rewarding-them-time-fix   Source: Zanny Minton Beddoes, Editor-in-Chief – The Economist – August 6th 2015 Article:  IN 1970 the United States recognised the potential of crop science by broadening the scope of patents in agriculture. Patents are supposed to reward inventiveness, so that should have galvanised progress. Yet, despite providing extra protection, that change and a further

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The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street Decides to Suck It & See

Bank of England – Financial Policy Committee statement from its policy meeting, 19 March 2014 At its meeting on 19 March 2014, the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee (FPC) reviewed its assessment of risks to financial stability and, in light of that assessment, progress against its existing set of policy recommendations.  The Committee did

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Behind Every Good Robot…….

Rise of the Robots! Prepare for a robot invasion. It will change the way people think about technology  ROBOTS came into the world as a literary device whereby the writers and film-makers of the early 20th century could explore their hopes and fears about technology, as the era of the automobile, telephone and aeroplane picked

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Scotland; Swapping £Sterling for Bitcoin?

Having reviewed the recent Forbes article on an American community considering swapping the US Dollar for Bitcoin, an extremely interesting ‘parallel’ Scottish currency debate took place within our own business, which made for some rather interesting, and at times, complex discussion. Please read the full article and have fun debating within your own peer group!

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Race for jobs being won by London and Scotland

The growth in private sector employment as the economy recovers may not compensate for public sector job cuts in all regions of the UK. In a report published Friday, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) warned that the expansion of the private sector may not be evenly spread across Britain. Its finding will fuel the

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New Scottish biotech centre could create 1,500 jobs

A new centre for biotechnology could create 1,500 jobs and boost Scotland’s economy by £130m over five years, according to an independent forecast. The multi-million pound Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) will be based at Glasgow’s Strathclyde University. The IBioIC will partner Scottish universities and private sector firms. The technology involves the production of pharmaceuticals

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