Research Fellow William J. Watkins, Jr. appeared on XMSatellite radios Innovation Navigation show to talk about his new book Patent Trolls: Predatory Litigation and the Smothering of Innovation. The cost of patent trolls is staggering, both in terms of lost work and in court costs and attorney fees. The outmoded patent system in the US is discussed, including proposals for reforming the patent system.
In June 2008 the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a landmark ruling on the Second Amendment individual right to keep and bear arms with its Heller v. District of Columbia decision. Two years later, in June 2010, a second historic decision squeezed through the highest court in the land.
With the hearings on the nomination of Elena Kagan to the U.S. Supreme Court, Research Fellow William J. Watkins, Jr., was interviewed on NPRs Talk of the Nation to discuss how to revise the nomination and selection process of Supreme Court Justices, based on his recent article in the Washington Examiner, A role for the people in judicial selection.
On September 16, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, actor and director Andy Garcia, and entrepreneur William K. Bowes, Jr. were honored at the Independent Institutes A Gala for Liberty. Each honoree received the Alexis de Tocqueville Award in recognition of their contributions to advancing the ideas and ideals of liberty, entrepreneurship, innovation, and peace.
This event was organized by the Independent Institute held on March 31, 1999 in Oakland California.
Introductory remarks by David J. Theroux.
Until his death on March 24, 2016, Tibor R. Machan was a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute, R.C. Hoiles Professor of Business Ethics and Free Enterprise at Chapman University, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Auburn University, Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute and Ludwig von Mises Institute, and Senior Fellow at the Heartland Institute. Hes is the author of the Independent Institute book, Private Rights and public Illusions.
Professor of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, and author of The Libertarian Idea.
DAVID J. THEROUX
David J. Theroux is Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Independent Institute and Publisher of The Independent Review.