Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Apr 15, 2015

Marketplace Morning Report for Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Airing on Wednesday, April 15, 2015: The news today that the Chinese economy grew at its slowest rate in six year. The numbers are for January to March, and annualized it's down to a 7 percent growth rate. Magnificent by U.S. standards but lackluster by China's standards which has to keep creating jobs for people pulled into the economy from the hinterlands. Next, with the patents and trademarks people celebrating the 225th anniversary of the Patents Act this month. we reach out to Michelle Lee, the newly confirmed director at the U.S. Patent and Trade Office, about the so-called patent trolls. This is kind of patent holder who is less interested in using a patent and more interested in holding up other people for licensing money even if they haven't actually infringed. 

 

 

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IRS warns of sophisticated telephone scam

Apr 15, 2015
Callers impersonating IRS agents have scammed thousands.

A conversation with director of the U.S. Patent Office

Apr 15, 2015
Intellectual property, abusive litigation, and social innovation.

New Proposed Rules for Retirement Investments

Apr 15, 2015
Federal regulators are proposing new rules to protect retirement savings. As part of Obama’s stated plan to bolster the middle class, the Labor Department proposed changes to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. The rules are designed to protect retirees from investment brokers who put their own financial interests above their clients and eliminate conflicts […]

School lunch's food fight

Apr 15, 2015
Critics say rules on nutritional content make the meals unappealing and costly.

A deadline extension

Apr 15, 2015
Because today is tax day

PODCAST: IRS warns about a scam

Apr 15, 2015
Airing Wednesday, April 15, 2015: One week into the spring season for companies to reveal profits, losses and reveal plans for the future, we check in with our regular Brian Reynolds for the morning open. Plus, there is news today that the Chinese economy grew at its slowest rate in six year. The numbers are for […]

Airing on Wednesday, April 15, 2015: The news today that the Chinese economy grew at its slowest rate in six year. The numbers are for January to March, and annualized it’s down to a 7 percent growth rate. Magnificent by U.S. standards but lackluster by China’s standards which has to keep creating jobs for people pulled into the economy from the hinterlands. Next, with the patents and trademarks people celebrating the 225th anniversary of the Patents Act this month. we reach out to Michelle Lee, the newly confirmed director at the U.S. Patent and Trade Office, about the so-called patent trolls. This is kind of patent holder who is less interested in using a patent and more interested in holding up other people for licensing money even if they haven’t actually infringed. 

 

 

The team

Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC