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Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Electric Leaf’s True Believers Won’t Leave Well Enough Alone

“Among those who applied their 21st-century engineering skills to tinkering pursuits that date to the dawn of automobiles was Gary Giddings, 69, a retired engineer and a passionate supporter of electric vehicles.

‘At this point in my life, my goal is to spend whatever time I have trying to help E.V.’s become successful,’ Mr. Giddings said. . . .

Mr. Giddings participates in a Leaf group based in Orange County, Calif., one of 10 that has sprung up around the United States. . . .

If you assume that those discussions are akin to the chatter at a vehicular Tupperware party, you may be underestimating the potential for smart technologists to disrupt the already disruptive electric car industry.” (New York Times)

But according to the State, its artificial IP monopolies are required for innovation.

FEE Timely Classic

How ‘Intellectual Property’ Impedes Competition” by Kevin Carson

Do Patents Encourage or Hinder Innovation? The Case of the Steam Engine” by Michele Boldrin, David K. Levine, and Alessandro Nuvolari