Emma Eisner, a 12-year-old with short hair dyed green in parts, has roped off an area around an art project she’s building from cardboard. “Go away, child,” reads a handwritten sign to ward off classmates.
Well-known companies including Facebook Inc. are increasingly bringing trademark-infringement claims in their efforts to block startups and others from using similar names, some trademark lawyers and law professors say.
George Rawlings grabs a stack of computer printouts and stretches them six feet across his office, admiring data from police reports of Florida auto accidents: the names of those hurt and the severity of their injuries.
Tax reformers and economists usually hate tax breaks. The way they see it is like this: Unprincipled politicians can’t resist giving away goodies. So our tax code is littered with complications designed to channel subsidies to the well-connected. This makes a mess of the free market.