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Daily Archives: January 14, 2014

Modularity and Intellectual Property Protection

Modularity and Intellectual Property Protection – Baldwin, Carliss Y. and Henkel, Joachim (January 13, 2014). Harvard Business School Finance Working Paper No. 14-046.

“Modularity is a means of partitioning technical knowledge about a product or process. When state-sanctioned intellectual property (IP) rights are ineffective or costly to enforce, modularity can be used to hide information and thus protect IP. We investigate the impact of modularity on IP protection by formally modeling the threat of expropriation by agents. The principal has three options to address this threat: trust, licensing, and paying agents to stay loyal. We show how the principal can influence the value of these options by modularizing the system and by hiring clans of agents, thus exploiting relationships among them. Extensions address screening and signaling in hiring, the effects of an imperfect legal system, and social norms of fairness. We illustrate our arguments with examples from practice.”

How 3D printing technology will affect the creation, delivery, and consumption of art

Of PhDs, Pirates, and the Public: Three-Dimensional Printing Technology and the Arts, Lucas Osborn, Campbell University Law School, January 14, 2014, Texas A & M Law Review, Spring 2014, Forthcoming  “The confluence of three-dimensional printing, three-dimensional scanning, and the internet will explode the dividing line between the physical and the digital worlds and will bring millions of lay people… Continue Reading

GAO Report on Cruise Vessel Security and Safety

CRUISE VESSELS  – Most Required Security and Safety Measures Have Been Implemented, but Concerns Remain About Crime Reporting, December 2013. “The cruise industry and federal agencies have implemented 11 of 15 Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA) provisions, but implementation of 4 provisions requires the development of regulations and policy, and is underway. Officials from… Continue Reading

NIH study: Research-based strategies help reduce underage drinking

“Strategies recommended by the Surgeon General to reduce underage drinking have shown promise when put into practice, according to scientists at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health. These approaches include nighttime restrictions on young drivers and strict license suspension policies, interventions focused on partnerships between… Continue Reading

Prosecutions of Health Care Fraud Law Reach New High in FY 2013

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse: “The latest available data from the Justice Department show that during FY 2013 a record high of 377 individuals were prosecuted under the federal Health Care Fraud law (18 USC 1347). According to the case-by-case information analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC), this number is up 3 percent over… Continue Reading

CDC – 2012 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance

2012 Sexually Transmitted Diseases Surveillance “STDs are hidden epidemics of enormous health and economic consequence in the United States. They are hidden because many Americans are reluctant to address sexual health issues in an open way and because of the biologic and social characteristics of these diseases. All Americans have an interest in STD prevention… Continue Reading

Rising Costs and Delays in Construction of New DHS Headquarters

Reality Check Needed: Rising Costs and Delays in Construction of New DHS Headquarters at St. Elizabeths.  U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, January 2014, Prepared by Majority Staff of the Committee on Homeland Security. “Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, released a…report examines the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS)… Continue Reading

New GAO Reports – TSA Screening, VA Vocational Rehabilitation

SCREENING PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM – TSA Issued Application Guidance and Developed a Mechanism to Monitor Private versus Federal Screener Performance, GAO-14-269T, Jan 14, 2014 VA VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AND EMPLOYMENT – Further Performance and Workload Management Improvements Are Needed, GAO-14-61, Jan 14, 2014 Continue Reading

CDT – Court Strikes Blow to FCC’s Open Internet Rules

“Today, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Federal Communication Commission’s Open Internet rules in its Verizon v. FCC ruling. The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT), which filed an amicus brief in the case on behalf of First Amendment scholars, issued the following statement in response to the ruling: “The court’s ruling is disappointing because it strikes… Continue Reading

Agencies Approve Interim Final Rule Authorizing Retention of Interests in and Sponsorship of CDOs

“Five federal agencies on Tuesday approved an interim final rule to permit banking entities to retain interests in certain collateralized debt obligations backed primarily by trust preferred securities (TruPS CDOs) from the investment prohibitions of section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, known as the Volcker rule. Under the interim… Continue Reading