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Launching The Innovation Renaissance

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A New Path to Bring Smart Ideas to Market Fast
Published December 1st 2011 by TED Books (first published November 21st 2011)
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Nothing new, and a useful introduction. However, filled with mostly woefully impractical advice (how, pray tell, is independent invention verified without the same costly recourse as patents).

This is followed with an inane discussion of teacher quality. There are good points to be made on what to do to improve teaching capabiltiy, this book clarifies nothing, and really brings no significat thought to the arguments that have been made before. How, for instance, do you promote good management of
Alex Tabarrok, an economist at George Mason University, says that the reason the economy of the United States hasn't grown very fast since the early 1970s is a lack of innovation and consequent productivity improvement. He identifies 5 aspects of government policy that have helped bring about this disappointing performance. The first one discussed, and the most surprising one, is that our patent system has become not too weak but too strong and broad. He first provides evidence that patents are ...more
This book can be thought of as a complement to Tyler Cowen’s “Great Stagnation.” Whereas that book identified a plateau in technological progress as one of the fundamental drivers of economic stagnation, Tabarrok looks for solutions to that problem. He focuses on patent reform, education reform, immigration reform, government spending priorities, and deregulation.

The patent reform section is the best part of the book. Tabarrok notes that there are cases where patents are necessary – where innov
Jeremie Averous
Alex Tabarrok is economist and has written a short essay on 'Launching the Innovation Renaissance'. In this highly recommended book he analyses the current issues related to innovation - such as patents, education system and corporate rewards.

Alex Tabarrok is also known for the Tabarrok curve of decreasing innovation when patent protection increases beyond a certain level. Not dissimilar to the Laffer curve of diminishing tax returns when the tax burden increases!

His view on patents and how the

"Better teachers, better students, better society"

Be forewarned: Alex Tabarrok is an economist, and he writes like one.

That said, the ideas in his TEDbook, Launching The Innovation Renaissance: A New Path to Bring Smart Ideas to Market Fast, while qualifying under the TED mantra of, ‘Ideas Worth Spreading,’ fall somewhat short in the ‘new’ and/or ‘exciting’ departments.

An ‘Innovation Renaissance’ is an exciting idea. Tabarrok’s suggested solutions, offered in this book, however—
Alan Marchant
Alex Tabarrok's essay on innovation is too insubstantial to be worth the very little effort required to read it. Tabarrok is most interested in patent issues. He spends a third of the book showing how patents often aren't effective in promoting innovation. He also suggests some alternatives (prizes, lotteries, public investment), but doesn't get around to explaining how differences in types of patent affect the effectiveness of alternative policies.

The second and third sections of the book are s
This essentially a companion book to Tyler Cowan's The Great Stagnation. It is another Kindle Short that details a plan to reform the patent system. On that, the book makes a strong case for tying the granting of monopoly power according to the effort to develop the invention (i.e., software should not be patentable, business methods should not be patentable, drugs should probably be patentable), perhaps with a small, medium, large set of durations to match the innovation. The goal is to unleash ...more
Dash Williams
A brisk general exploration of the obstacles facing American innovation, namely thick often contradictory regulations, a malfunctioning patent system, an education system that provides a poor return on American investment, and a budgetary focus on war and welfare. Alex Tabarrok posits that if we, i.e Americans, make innovation the focus of policy the economic benefits would be enormous; median income would grow, life expectancy would rise, and the power of zero sum games would be diminished. The ...more
A good overview of ideas we need to get the US moving towards better innovation which will lead to a higher standard of living for everyone into the future. Many of these obvious ideas (patent and immigration reform, improve pay and standards for teachers, intern and apprenticeships instead of pushing college for all, regulation reform)need to be at the talked about more often in our national debate about the future.
Max Nova
A quick, easy read about some of the problems with patents today. Nothing mind-blowing here - his most notable contribution to the patent discussion is a section where he proposes that pharmaceutical patents be eliminated and replaced with a prize-based system. A good intro for people just getting into patents, but not a whole lot in this book for those who have spent a lot of time thinking about this sort of stuff.
Solid. Nice review by Steven Landsburg at his blog, The Big Questions. I liked the section on education, which is mostly accessible at Marginal Revolution. Not enough people graduating high school, too many people going to college for the wrong reasons, ouch. Used in my introductory econ class to motivate student interest in innovation.
This book was fine, but not particularly memorable. I agreed with most of the points. I thought the section on patents and intellectual property was the most interesting. I wish that I had read that section rather than Against Intellectual Monopoly. But there wasn't anything particularly unique or insightful about the book either.
Interesante aunque se va por el lado del daño que hace el sistema de patentes a ciertas industrias. Curioso, el NYT dedica editoriales la semana pasada al tema...por lo rápido vale la pena un vistazo si desconoces el sistema de patentes en Estados Unidos. También si has seguido las guerras de patentes en empresas de TI.
Andy McKenzie
Clear and concise, if a bit "preaching to the choir", this book deserves wider dissemination and I hope that the memes within it spread. I wish it had taken a few more risks, but there is a benefit in having some books that mostly just state the obvious, and Tabarrok's anti-contrarianism in that respect is refreshing.
3.5 -- I think we'll see a lot more of this publishing model in the future (short ebook sold for just a few dollars). Substantively, I particularly enjoyed the criticism of modern patents as stifling innovation -- I hope more people realize how absurd modern patents have become.
Andy Howard
Excellent introduction to innovation. Not a whole lot of depth, but considering you could probably plow through this whole book in a day, it was perfect for what it is.

This was a jumping off point for me to investigate the US patent system and all its failings more in depth.
Doesn't cover anything that hasn't been explained before and does so in a way that feels stilted without any kind of coherent flow or narrative. Quick read, but not really worth it.
Gabriel C.
So boring! I can barely remember what it was about. Everyone hates patents and loves pie.
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