“On Stealing Ideas”

The concept of intellectual property as we know it today is only about three hundred years old, and its bounds are still openly debated. In the last few decades, the bounds of what can be patented has expanded, to the point of including printed text and even mathematical formulæ. In this talk, Ben Klemens will discuss the status of the expansion, and measure the changes against the goals of intellectual property law.

Dr. Klemens is a Principal Researcher in the Statistical Research Division of the U.S. Census Bureau. He has a doctorate in Social Science, specializing in microeconomics and game theory, from the California Institute of Technology. His career includes positions at the World Bank, National Institute of Mental Health, Brookings Institution, and the Free Software Foundation. He has published three books and numerous articles. He is the son of BES member Ronit Klemens.

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