Marketplace AM for August 23, 2005
If you have a great invention, you better darn well get a patent. In a global economy dominated by intellectual property, patents are more critical than ever. As you might imagine, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is awfully busy. Stephen Henn reports it's struggling to keep its people.
It's hard to accept: 9 million children under the age of 5 die each year in the developing world. What if there was a magic pill that could prevent many of those deaths? A study out today in the British journal <em>The Lancet</em> says there is one. From the Health Desk at WGBH, Helen Palmer reports.
Americans spend nearly $10 billion a year on bottled water. That's something commentator Tom Standage finds hard to swallow.