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 Rise of the Patent Snowflakes

 

As anyone who’s followed the long-standing battle to fix America’s patent system and cut off abuses by bottom-feeding legal parasites and abusive monopolists will tell you, the list of excuses for our broken system offered by those people is seemingly never-ending. They tell you patent reform will hurt job growth. The opposite is true. They […]

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Google Endangers Public Health

 

Here’s a question: If a major tech company debuted a feature in one of their more popular apps that was designed to target one of the most brutal and widespread epidemics in American society, only to remove it after the fact, would you consider that tech company irresponsible? In fact, let’s make this concrete: Suppose […]

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Stop Pharma From Hiding Behind Native Americans

 

America’s pharmaceutical industry has a problem, and that problem is the rule of law. One can draw no other conclusion, based on the industry’s recent actions. I refer specifically to the pharmaceutical company Allergan’s recent optically baffling attempt to outright circumvent U.S. patent law by selling their patents straight to… a Native American tribe. Yes, […]

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The War on Drugs Has the Wrong Targets

 

It is a cliché in Washington that the war on drugs has seen a comeback, thanks almost entirely to the efforts of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Whether that comeback is as big as advertised is a matter of some debate, as Sessions has actually been more dovish than his predecessors in some respects. However, what […]

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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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