Mytheos Holt

Mytheos Holt is Senior Fellow in the Freedom to Innovate at the Institute for Liberty. He has held positions at the R Street Institute, Mair Strategies, TheBlaze, and National Review. He also worked as a speechwriter for U.S. Sen. John Barrasso  His writing on video games has been featured at TheBlaze, Gamesided, the Escapist, and the Federalist. He hails originally from Big Sur, California, but currently lives in Arlington, Virginia. Yes, Mytheos is his real name.

The Patent Troll Lobby Never Learns From SCOTUS

 

Here’s a simple question for you: If, every time you faced a particular court, it found against you either unanimously or close to it, would you not do anything possible to avoid that court? To most people, the answer to this question would seem to be “yes.” However, for the extortion rackets known as patent […]

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China’s Two Front IP War

 

President Donald Trump’s recent decision to investigate China’s theft of American intellectual property (IP) is as good a sign as any that “America First” was more than just a campaign slogan. And when it comes to intellectual property theft, the President is entirely correct that China ranks at or near the top of all offenders […]

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Federalism vs. Pharma

 

For months, the pharmaceutical industry’s consistent disregard of consumers and bad press has seemed like a setup that was missing a punchline. Critics of the industry have been consistently frustrated as we wait for the other shoe to drop. These past few weeks, an avalanche of shoes poured down on the industry. First, Ohio Attorney […]

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Can Conservatism, Inc. Hold Pharma Accountable for the Opioid Crisis?

 

The crisis of confidence in the pharmaceutical industry remains one of the least well-reported elements of contemporary politics. And despite numerous scandals surrounding mismanagement and price gouging by Pharma companies, the proverbial big Kahuna of the industry’s scandals is undoubtedly the developing Opioid crisis. As documented in a recent story from the Washington Post, Pharma […]

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What’s Good for Tech Is Not Good for America

 

In 1953, Charles Erwin Wilson, former CEO of General Motors and President Dwight Eisenhower’s nominee for Secretary of Defense, told the U.S. Senate that he had sold his GM stock with a memorable phrase. “For years I thought what was good for our country was good for General Motors, and vice versa.” As of his […]

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East Texas’ Patent Star Chamber Is Down But Not Out

 

When the U.S. Supreme Court handed down the landmark case TC Heartland v. Kraft earlier this year, patent reform advocates breathed a sigh of relief. Here, at last, was the unanimous smackdown that would put an end to venue shopping trolls trying to use any specious excuse they could to get in front of friendly […]

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President Trump’s Jangling Keys Approach Is Working

 

It is a point of cliché that one of the most effective ways to distract a toddler is to shake keys in front of their faces. What has become obvious over the past two weeks is that the same approach works to distract the mental toddlers of the mainstream media. It is scarcely necessary to […]

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Don’t Let Big Pharma Imitate Obamacare

 

“Repeal and replace” as a concept was always elegant, particularly as a campaign slogan. In practice, it is consistently proving itself to be harder than its proponents imagined. As with the AHCA before it, it appears that the Senate bill designed to repeal Obamacare is running smack into a moat of disparate GOP visions for […]

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The Star Wars Era Is Back and Not Just in the Movies

 

As any American of any postliterate age can tell you, the “Star Wars” saga has come back in a big way over the past few years in cinema. Furthermore, the Trump administration seems intent on reproducing the symbolism and political norms of the era when Star Wars most dominated the American conversation – namely, the […]

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Mr. President, Don’t Suck Up to Industries That Hate You

 

In the past week, two news items came out of the Trump White House that should trouble supporters of the President’s populist agenda, and should send warning bells about the advice that President Trump may be receiving from his inner circle. The first was the bewildering lovefest between Trump and tech titans such as Jeff […]

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