Marketplace AM for November 30, 2004

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Hotels go the extra mile

This year the big hope for the struggling American travel industry is foreign guests. Diminished safety concerns and a favorable exchange rate have made the U.S. an attractive getaway. Industry experts say the number of overseas visitors will rise in 2004 for the first time since 9-11. As Marketplace's Dan Grech reports, hotels across the country are willing to do just about anything to attract those yen and euros. One even offers Michael Sheehan (pictured), a "tanning butler" ...
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Technology patents ...

Stacey Vanek-Smith reports Congress is giving the U.S. patent office some badly-needed help - 900 new employees to deal with a huge backlog. Then, commentator Kenneth Cukier says the patent system needs a major overhaul. He says the current system is blocking innovation and causing lawsuits and chaos.

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