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The adaptive autocrats

AUTHORITARIAN: What happened after the height of freedom ideals, the fall of the Iron Curtain and Bill Clinton's fusion of liberal politics with market forces? Today, the Chinese's mastery of original Western technology and surveillance seems limitless.

The patent laws create an intellectual monopoly

Today's patent rules are outdated and hinder the innovation and diffusion of technology, argues Zia Quereshi, former head of development economics at the World Bank. Is it time for a patent reform?