Patents and Open Innovation

Patents and open innovation - friends or foes?  IP lawyer and Penn State law professor Clark D. Asay writes that open innovation communities subscribe to the view that "patents stifle rather than promote innovation".  Asay believes that "it has become conventional wisdom in open innovation circles that patents threaten their very way of life".  On the other hand, a recent article from Intellectual Asset Magazine ... Read More

What Open Innovation Means and Why We Care

Henry Chesbrough, an author and professor who is widely credited with coining the term “Open Innovation”, believes that in a world of widely distributed knowledge, companies cannot afford to rely entirely on their own research, but should instead buy or license processes or inventions from other companies.  In addition, internal inventions not being used in a firm's business should be taken outside the company (e.g. ... Read More

Gambling on the 2012 Ballot

All eyes are on the race for POTUS this year, and the world of gaming has it eyes on the eight state gambling initiatives on ballots this year. Two Arkansas Casino Amendments are on the November 6, 2012 ballot in the state of Arkansas as initiated constitutional amendments. One measure would have allowed 24-hour casinos in seven state counties. The proposal was introduced by Michael Wasserman, a Texas businessman ... Read More

Clock running for US Online Poker Regulations

An October 2 article in the Seattle Times by Ken Ritter highlights the unlikely prospect of Congress passing internet gaming regulatory laws this year. A well known understanding in the gambling industry is the threats online wagering hosted by sites overseas pose to the casino industry in the United States. American Gaming Association chief, Frank Fahrenkopf, Jr. stated to reporters in Las Vegas that passing ... Read More

How Facebook will Make Money

And lots of it.  According to PC Magazine's John Dvorak, in the United Kingdom, Facebook is experimenting with legal gambling online by launching a real money online gambling app.  In the United States, Facebook hasn't announced plans for any such gambling initiative, but I agree with Dvorak that someone is likely working on it now. Facebook has been somewhat of a disappointment from the perspective of ... Read More

Is There Really Money to be Made in Gambling?

If you ask the Shakopee tribe, the answer would be a resounding "yes!"  According to the New York Times, a generation ago, the Shakopee Mdewakanton tribe lived in a motley collection of beat-up trailer homes, melting snow for bath water when wells froze over because they lacked indoor plumbing. Three-quarters of tribal members received government food supplements. Today, the Shakopee Mdewakanton are believed to be ... Read More

Put your Makeup On, Fix your Hair Up Pretty

According to iGaming Business, patrons at casino properties in Atlantic City will soon be able to place wagers using mobile devices after New Jersey governor Chris Christie signed new legislation on Wednesday. The new gaming bill will allow casinos and adjoining hotels in Atlantic City to offer electronic versions of authorised games of chance. Mobile gaming devices will also be authorized to take bets on ... Read More

The Best Carolina Can Do

With no proper casino to speak of in the Carolinas, the only legal options for gambling enthusiasts are slot machine parlors (including the one run by Harrah's in Cherokee).  Earlier this year, the North Carolina Court of Appeals effectively legalized the white trash version of slot machines known as "Sweepstakes" machines.  Old women of the Carolinas now have hundreds of places they can go to get their gambling ... Read More

The Tribal Empire Strikes Back

According to PokerNewsDaily.com, Thursday’s meeting of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs discussed the issue of online gaming, in particular poker, and presented a new twist in the ongoing battle for federal action regarding the subject. During the meeting, committee Chairman and Hawaii Senator Daniel Akaka presented a draft of a bill that would allow the Indian gaming community to open up for online gambling ... Read More

Pay Attention, USA

One comment I have heard from European gambling regulators is that they fear the US will repeat a lot of the mistakes that Europe has made in the past decade of regulating online gaming.  As the old saying goes, those who do not learn from the mistakes of their European neighbors are bound to repeat them, or something like that. iGaming Business is reporting that the cross-party Culture, Media and Sport Select ... Read More