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Throughout its history, the United States has led the world in protecting intellectual property (IP) rights. On that foundation, we’ve also led the world in artistic, commercial and scientific innovation, particularly with lifesaving medicines and vaccines.

Yet patent rights are under increasing assault, with anti-patent activists charging pharmaceutical makers with "antitrust" violations for utilizing and building upon their patents for the greater good. Their rhetoric and false critiques under the guise of "antitrust" typically rely upon an array of misleading and pejorative labels, to the point where they take on a meaning that bears no resemblance to reality.

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1 Important Supreme Court Win for 1st Amendment Over Cancel Culture

Finally.   Amid a deepening “Cancel Culture” environment of cyberstalking, harassment and outright persecution on the basis of political differences, the United States Supreme Court put its foot down in defense of the First Amendment.   In a pivotal 6-3 ruling, the Court affirmed that when governments force mission…

2 Sorry, Joe – the Second Amendment Protects AR-15s

One particularly unflattering characteristic of Second Amendment restrictionists remains their transparently insincere assurance that they really, truly respect Second Amendment liberties, and have nothing at all against firearms used for such purposes as duck hunting or target shooting.   All they seek, they earnestly claim, is “reasonable…

3 Biden’s Executive Order Overreach May Not Endure

In a December 2007 Boston Globe interview, Barack Obama alleged that the Bush Administration had habitually disregarded Congressional authority in favor of executive overreach, and promised a reversal under his administration.  "A president is not above the law," he pontificated.   As president, however, he infamously sang…

4 Biden Prepares to Strip College Students of Due Process Rights

It's worth reminding people that if President Joe Biden were compelled to live by the standards he intends to institute for college students accused of sexual misconduct, he would be presumed guilty of rape, denied any legitimate opportunity to refute Tara Reade's charges and tossed from office in disgrace. The New York Times reports today that Biden…

5 CFIF Stands With Coalition Against H.R.1/S.1 and in Support of Freedom of Speech and Association

CFIF this week joined a coalition, led by People United for Privacy, urging Congress to oppose H.R. 1 and S. 1, the deceptively named "For the People Act." "Nonprofit organizations serve a vital role in encouraging free speech and the free exchange of ideas. Privately supporting causes — and the organizations advancing those…

6 Can Trump Be Tried?

House Democratic impeachment managers have delivered to the Senate a single, hastily passed article of impeachment against former President Trump. A trial is set to begin on Feb. 9. It will be an event without precedent – the first time in U.S. history that a former president will be tried in a court of impeachment.  Several Republicans…

7 Donor Privacy Goes Before the Supreme Court, Just in Time

Remember Lois Lerner and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) targeting of conservative organizations during the Obama years?   That tawdry episode almost seems quaint in retrospect.   At least back then, Obama and leftists feigned remorse and attempted to deny material wrongdoing.   Today, in contrast, the left openly advocates…

8 The Right to Worship Even in a Pandemic

New York's dictatorial governor, Andrew Cuomo, may have met his match. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn is asking the Supreme Court of the United States to strike down Cuomo's Oct. 6 executive order shutting down "houses of worship " in areas of Brooklyn and Queens, while allowing "essential" businesses, like pet stores, groceries…

9 The Election Lawsuit Trump Should Win

In its effort to challenge vote counts in key states, the Trump campaign has filed lots of lawsuits that have little chance of winning. But there is one suit that it should win – not only for the Trump campaign or the 2020 election, but for all elections in the future. It's the court fight over Pennsylvania's election rules, and it…

10 Joe Biden Is Flirting with the Destruction of the Judiciary

Joe Biden says, "You'll know my opinion on court-packing when the election is over." To this point, Biden hasn't offered any position on court-packing, one of the gravest threats to the constitutional order in modern American history. Whether he is too scared of offending a significant faction of his party or he believes it's an idea worth…

11 Chief Justice Roberts: Popularity Curator, Not Neutral Umpire

"Judges and justices are servants of the law, not the other way around.  Judges are like umpires.  Umpires don’t make the rules, they apply them.  The role of an umpire and a judge is critical.  They make sure everybody plays by the rules.  But it is a limited role.  Nobody ever went to a ballgame to see the…

12 Amid Riots, Gun Sales Skyrocket and Gun Control Logic Evaporates

"The right to self-defense is the first law of nature…   [A] citizen has a right to carry arms in defense of his property or person, and to use them if either were assailed with such force, numbers or violence as made it necessary for the protection or safety of either." —District of Columbia v. Heller (2008)…

13 Sabre/Farelogix Merger: DOJ Antitrust Lawsuit Needlessly Threatens U.S. Prosperity and Innovation

On Monday, January 27, trial will commence in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) misguided antitrust lawsuit seeking to prohibit travel technology company Sabre’s acquisition of non-competitor software developer Farelogix.  The DOJ’s action holds no merit in law or fact, and it illustrates how overzealous federal antitrust…

14 Warren Burger Meme Bungles 2nd Amendment

A fatuous new meme has gained sudden social media popularity among gun-grabbers in their ongoing campaign to render the Second Amendment meaningless.   The meme features a portrait of former Chief Justice of the United States Warren Burger, alongside a 1990 quote that somehow sprang to life after thirty years of dormancy.  The backstory…

15 Encouraging Tremors from the Supreme Court

From the United States Supreme Court come some encouraging tremors.  That’s perhaps the top takeaway as the Court concludes its first term under a new composition that includes Justice Brett Kavanaugh.  Although this term has been comparatively light in terms of straightforwardly blockbuster cases, such as 2008’s seminal Heller…

16 In Defense of Lobbying

The media adores stories that bolster prevailing narratives about the virtuousness of "bipartisanship" and the nefariousness of money in politics. Last week, they got both when socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and conservative Ted Cruz displayed some populist synergy by promising to work on legislation that would ban former lawmakers from…

17 Lack of Ideological Diversity Eviscerates Colleges' Affirmative Action Rationalization

"The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race."  Those were the words of Chief Justice John Roberts, writing for the majority in the 2007 Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 decision. He perfectly captures the solution to our ongoing debate over state-sanctioned racial…

18 Conservative Judicial Activism Is Just As Objectionable as Liberal Judicial Activism

"Who says Roe must say Lochner."  So wrote Judge Robert H. Bork in The Tempting of America.  Published in 1990, Judge Bork's tour de force remains a masterful primer on jurisprudence, and recounts his ordeal against the sleazy and mindless assault by Senator Ted Kennedy, Senator Joe Biden and others against his nomination by Ronald…

19 Flipping Benefits Prosecutors, Not the Public

Last Thursday, after President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to eight felonies, Trump blasted how federal prosecutors coerce people to plead guilty, whether they've done anything wrong or not, and to play ball with investigators to target others. Trump said "it's called flipping and it almost ought to be illegal…

20 There Is Nothing 'Illegitimate' About the Brett Kavanaugh Nomination

Perhaps one day a court will find that Donald Trump conspired with his personal lawyer Michael Cohen to pay nondisclosure agreements meant to silence his mistresses. Perhaps one day the House will impeach Trump for breaking those campaign finance laws, and then maybe the Senate will also remove him from office. Those are the mechanisms that have been…

21 Important New Legal Victories for Second Amendment Rights

We're only halfway through summer, but it has proven a particularly fruitful one for supporters of the Second Amendment individual right to keep and bear arms.  Most saliently, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh, who interprets the seminal 2008 Heller v. D.C. decision to forbid laws outlawing so-called "assault weapons…

22 Democrats Don't Fear Brett Kavanaugh; They Fear the Constitution

Sure, some of the anger aimed at Donald Trump's nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court is partisan bluster meant to placate the activist base. Still, most Democrats were going to get hysterical about any pick, because any conservative pick was going to take the Constitution far too literally for their liking. For those who rely on the administrative…

23 Finally, a Conservative for Robert Bork's Supreme Court Seat

Thirty-one years is a long time to fill a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy.  But in some ways, we've been waiting that long.  This week, however, President Donald Trump held to his campaign promise and nominated conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill a Supreme Court seat that rightfully should've been occupied by the late Judge Robert Bork…

24 As Justice Kennedy Retires, Supreme Court Finally Ends Compulsory Public-Union Dues

Groucho Marx famously observed, "I don't want to belong to any club that would have me as a member."  For decades, millions of American public-sector workers who were forced to join unions have pleaded, "I don't want to belong to any club that would force me to become a member."  This week, the U.S. Supreme Court finally…

25 Government Workers 'Free at Last'

Rank and file government workers won big over union bosses Wednesday, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of Mark Janus, an Illinois state worker who refused to join the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. The court struck down an Illinois law that allowed the union to deduct fees from Janus's paycheck despite…

26 New Legal Challenge May Unravel ObamaCare

Most Americans understandably consider ObamaCare's legality a settled question, following the Supreme Court's notoriously contorted 2012 NFIB v. Sebilius 5-4 majority decision by Chief Justice John Roberts.  A new challenge filed in federal court earlier this year by twenty state attorneys general, however, presents a novel and potentially fatal…

27 You Can Try To Repeal The Second Amendment, But You Can't Repeal History

This week, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wrote an op-ed in The New York Times that advocated a position most liberal pundits and activists have been incrementally working toward for a long time: repealing the Second Amendment. And while many liberal columnists argued that Stevens had only given fodder to gun advocates —…

28 Video: Free Market and Conservative Groups Speak Out for STRONGER Patents

In a video released today by the Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF), the leaders of numerous free market and conservative organizations speak out in strong support of the STRONGER Patents Act, legislation that will help provide relief and support to American creators and innovators by restoring the historic strength of the hobbling U.S. patent system…

29 Intellectual Property: America Still Leads the World

Consider the following relationship, and ask yourself whether it's more likely causal or purely coincidental.  Among the numerous elements of American exceptionalism, the United States maintains the world's strongest protections for intellectual property (IP) — creations of the mind, such as patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade…

30 War on Cops Goes to Court

The war on cops is moving from the streets to the U.S. Supreme Court. Last week, the Justices heard a case that threatens police officers with financial ruin if they make arrests, and the charges later get dropped. It started with a late night bash. District of Columbia police officers were called by neighbors at 1 a.m. to investigate a rowdy party…

 
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